Updated: Apr 3, 2020
Do you feel stressed out at work? Deadlines, job insecurity, and dealing with a difficult co-worker or supervisor are just a few of the most common sources of stress in the workplace. Unfortunately, on-the-job stress can negatively affect your health, well-being, and relationships.
One well known study that investigates stress in the workplace is the seventh annual Labor Day poll by The Marlin Company, "Attitudes in the American Workplace VII." According to this study:
· 82% of employees report that they feel some stress at work.
· 42% of workers say that the stress from their jobs affects their personal relationships.
· 35% of those surveyed believe that workplace stress harms their physical and emotional health.
The good news is that regardless of the source of stress at your workplace, there are steps that you can take to defeat stress and feel more calm, centered, and in control when you are at work.
Try one of these easy tricks the next time you feel stressed out at work:
1. Mix things up. Are you feeling a bit frustrated with a difficult or time consuming task? By continuing to pore over this task without results, your frustration and stress levels simply continue to build. Instantly reduce your stress by changing gears.
· Gain a new perspective on an old or complex issue by working on something else for a while. When you change tasks, your mind is forced to think differently, which is often the wellspring to finding creative solutions and renewed energy.
· In addition to clearing your mind, switching tasks helps your body to lower your heart rate and stress-related hormone levels.
2. Enjoy a mini mental vacation. Are you feeling overwhelmed, tense, and stressed out from situations at work that you can’t control? Did your boss just ask you to do more with less, and do it more quickly? Maybe you just took a call from an angry customer. Regardless of the specific reason, you can feel the effects of the stress building in your body.
· Release the tension by focusing on your breathing and using progressive relaxation techniques.
· The next time that you feel overwhelmed at work, try closing your eyes for a few moments and concentrating on your breathing. Clear your mind and take slow, deliberate breaths.
· As you focus on your breathing, seek out those places in your body that feel tense. Consciously tighten your muscles in these areas as you inhale and then slowly release them as you exhale.
· After you’ve relaxed your