Amongst many other things that contribute to depression, is work-related anxiety and workplace stress. Besides being common, work stress has significant health consequences that could lead to potentially serious diseases and metabolic syndromes.
For so long, people have tried quitting one job for the other with the expectation that it would be better, finding a low-stress job is hard. Meanwhile, others try to manage the stress by taking alcohol, strong coffee, or even infusion teas.
Here are some stress management techniques you can try if you are finding it hard to cope with work stress.
Try not to get overwhelmed
One of the most important things to do to avoid work stress is to identify when you are getting overwhelmed. The ability to identify at any point you are close to breaking down, will help you know when to take that needed break.
Some people get so caught up with their daily responsibilities that they don’t consider whether the level of anxiety they feel is proportional to whatever situation they’re worried about. Anxiety at higher levels can leave some people feeling overwhelmed by their work tasks, to the point they freeze.
Planning ahead to stay organized can greatly decrease your stress at work. Being organized with your time means less rushing in the morning to avoid being late as well as less hustling to get out at the end of the day. Work-related anxiety can have a paralysing effect on some people. Their sense of doing assignments in a timely manner, focus and attention to detail go away. Some people feel paralysed because they feel they have too much to do. They might procrastinate or rush through their assignment, not paying the proper amount of attention to detail to their work.
Don’t strive for perfection
Being a high achiever might make you feel good about yourself and help you excel at work, but being a perfectionist can create problems for you. Multitasking was once heralded as a fantastic way to maximise one’s time and get more done in a day. You might not be able to do everything perfectly, every time—especially in a busy, fast-paced job. A good strategy to avoid the perfectionism trap is always striving to just do your best and making time to congratulate yourself on your efforts. You may find that your results are better and you’ll be much less stressed at work.
Avoid becoming too hungry, angry, lonely or tired
Feelings of stress can cause your body to release the stress hormone cortisol. Too much cortisol is associated with depression, heart disease, weight gain and memory and concentration problems. Some people turn to unhealthy options, like drinking alcohol, overeating or misusing drugs, to self-medicate when they’re dealing with work-related stress. Using alcohol, food or drugs to shield yourself from anxiety is a bad approach, he says. “These choices can end up doing more harm than good,” Amen says. Instead, try healthy ways to reduce stress, like deep breathing, exercise, meditation, listening to relaxing music and getting a massage.