Workplace stress is slowly gaining popularity all over the world. Stress has become an integral part of both personal and professional life. According to a 2018 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health more than 50% of workers around the world spend long hours in offices which has a crucial impact on their overall health, well-being, and quality of life. It can lead to physical, psychological as well as mental illness. To know how to avoid stress in the workplace, it is important to know about what is work-related stress.
How To Avoid Stress At Workplace
While you cannot completely prevent stress and tension at workplaces, knowing about tips on how to avoid stress at the office can help you fight stress and prevent its long term effect on the health.
Here are a few tips on how to avoid stress
1. Know your stressor: In order to know how to avoid stress, you must be aware of the stressor, a trigger that makes you feel stressed and anxious. There are numerous stressors at the workplace which range from an interfering colleague to your own behavior such as procrastination. So it is important to know your trigger at work to manage it and avoid stress.
2. Have a buddy at the office: Did you know some workplaces have an internal evaluation where they ask their employees if they have a ‘best friend’ at work? This may come as a surprise for many however, it is a way for the organization to know if they have a close friend at the workplace to share their feelings and thoughts. This is very much needed in the current scenario where most of us go through a lot of stress both at home and office. If you have a buddy at the office, you can not only hang out at work (and after work as well) but more importantly, you can share your feelings and stress related to work with your buddy. They not only give you insights but also help you out with a few tips and tricks to excel in your job and help you to avoid stress.
3. Take mini-breaks to recharge: If you are stuck to your computer 24X7 or are glued to your chair and spend most of your day at the office, then you might be more prone to burn out. You can take short breaks during your usual course of the day to unwind and avoid being stressed. Get a quick boost by talking to your colleague, playing a game of chess or table tennis with your at-work friends or simply scrolling through your Instagram account for some enthralling pics.
4. Maintain work-life balance: In the current world, almost every one of us feels the pressure to be available all round the clock. And in an attempt to give our best shot at work, most of us tend to take our personal life for granted. The result is stress at work and home. So to avoid being stressed at the office and vice-versa it is important to maintain a perfect balance between work and life.
5. Develop healthy habits: The last but the most important of all the tips on how to avoid stress at the office is to develop healthy habits. This could mean not eating processed and fast food to deal with pressure at work or sipping cups of coffee to come up with creative ideas. Learn to keep your cool and practice meditation and yoga to help you deal with stressful situations at work.
Remember to stay away from vices such as taking a puff or drinking alcohol to de-stress. Say no to excessive intake of coffee to keep you awake late at night. A healthy diet plus a good night sleep is all you need to stay healthy, wealthy and wise. Developing these healthy habits can help you to avoid stress and stay happy.
(The article is reviewed by Dr. Lalit Kanodia, General Physician)
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