Some stress is a normal part of working life, but excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and reduce your physical and emotional well-being. Finding ways to manage work-related stress is not about making big changes to all aspects of your work life or rethinking your professional ambitions. Instead, stress management demands focus on the one thing that is always within your control: you.
For employees everywhere, the downtrodden economy may feel like an emotional roller coaster. "Budget cuts" and "redundancies" have become bywords in the workplace, the result being increased fear, a lack of certainty, and higher levels of stress. As job and work-related stress increases in times of economic crisis, it’s important to learn new and better methods of coping with pressure.
The ability to control stress in the workplace can improve your physical and emotional health. It can also make the difference between success or failure on the job. Emotions are contagious; stress has an impact on the quality of your interactions with others. The better you are at controlling your own stress, the more you'll help those around you, and the less other people's stress will bring you down.
Here are some steps you can take to reduce your overall stress levels and the stress you find at work:
- Taking responsibility for improving your physical and emotional well-being.
- Avoiding pitfalls by identifying knee jerk habits and negative attitudes that add to the stress you experience at work.
- Learning better communication skills to ease and improve your relationships with management and coworkers.