By Alex Noudelman
Stress is a normal part of the workplace environment. It is often caused by our way of dealing with the demands of our work. There is no way to avoid it; all work is associated with stress in one way or another. Although we cannot fully eliminate it, there are ways to deal with it and reduce the negative impact in our lives.
1. Identify the cause:
The best way to resolve an issue or stress is to identify the cause. This will help you to dig down on it and find a solution to stop it once and for all.
2. Act immediately:
Once you’ve identified the cause, you should devise a plan to deal with it as early as possible. If stress is caused by poor work habits, such as tardiness, procrastination or poor time management, you need to change the habits for the better. If the issue is caused by a co-worker or unreasonable work demands, you need to let someone with authority know as soon as possible.
3. Stay organized:
Organize your tasks and set them in order of priority and urgency. Focus on each task at hand until it is complete. Perhaps use the Pomodoro Technique to help you stay on track.
4. Team Work:
You need to engage in activities with colleagues, especially the one who can provide you meaningful input on how you can better yourself. It’s also recommended to engage with those who do not work in the same organization or department as you. This will help to divert your mind from the familiar faces that you constantly deal with and remind you of your pressures.
5. Seek Help:
When things get tough, you should seek the advice from people who best understand your situation and can easily relate to you. That person could be a close colleague or family member.
Stay away from artificial coping devices, cigarettes and caffeine; they only increase your stress levels after their temporary effects have gone away.