Life is not all fun and games. However, it doesn’t mean that being stressed and having problems are a bad thing. Often times, it is through conquering trying times wherein the quality of our lives becomes better.
Work stress though can be a day-to-day issue and when overwhelmed, the work life and personal life of employees can suffer. It is important for both employers and employees to address the issue of work stress so everyone can maintain good health and being productive.
Typical Sources of Work Stress
While stress can come in all shapes and forms, work stress is regarded as one of the biggest sources of stress in America. According to a study by APA, 6 out of 10 adults identify work stress as significant sources of stress.
Here are more of their findings:
- 49% of employees cited that the economy is a significant source of stress.
- Money comes in after work stress at 60%, work stress is 64%.
Work stress can be further dissected and according to APA, these are the common sources of work stress:
- Low income
- Having too much workload
- Few opportunities for career advancement and growth
- Work that is not challenging or engaging
- Lack of social support
- Not having much control of work-related decisions
- Conflicting demands or unclear expectations for performance
How to Deal with Work Stress
Work stress needs to be addressed because health problems can also stem out from getting stressed. From simple colds and flu, being stressed too much can also cause major health issues like heart diseases and metabolic problems
A study by the British Medical Journal showed that chronic or recurring stress is linked to the development of heart disease. Stress from work is a form of chronic stress. Here are a few ways on how to deal with work stress.
Your body stores your mind and your heart. Food is what you fuel your body and if you fuel your body with unhealthy food, you also feed your mind and your heart with junk. Stress or no stress, not eating right can lead you to become more vulnerable to health problems.
However, whenever people are stressed, they tend to choose to eat comfort foods like ice cream, pizza and the like. While they may make one feel better, nothing beats eating good food.
Studies have shown that eating right can help you in dealing with stress. Just starting the day with a good breakfast can help you so much. Never say that you don’t have the time. After all, 24 hours is all we have in a day.
You can’t add more hours to your day. What you need to do is to learn to manage your 24 hours. Start your day with a good breakfast. According to VeryWellMind, skipping breakfast can make it harder for an individual to maintain stable blood sugar levels and effective performance.
Fuel your body with fruits, vegetables, meat and a good balance of nutritional food overall. It can help you become more resilient to stress and just the act of eating can help reduce your stress levels.
Here are more ways on how you can use food in dealing with work stress:
- Instead of coffee, go for decaffeinated green tea. If you don’t know it yet, the effects of caffeine are not always good for your health.
- Have healthful snacks
- Stock up on delicious healthy snacks at home
Avoid Workplace Conflict
Interpersonal relationships can help us if there is social support among individuals. However, relationships can be detrimental if it causes stress. Workplace stress caused by conflict is hard to avoid because you meet with coworkers almost each day.
You can refrain this from happening by avoiding conflict at your work. According to an article published by Nicole Philips of Indiana University Health, these are health concerns that can be influenced by family and social relationships:
- Weight management
- Alcohol and drug use
Moreover, conflict at work can also cause employees to be disengaged and have poor performance. According to a study conducted by Queens School of Business and Gallup, the performance of disengaged employees resulted to:
- 37% higher absenteeism
- 60% more errors and mistakes
- 49% more accidents
You can avoid workplace conflict by being more positive and understanding of others. Here are ways on how you can avoid getting into conflict with your coworkers:
- Understand that behind every negative action is a positive intention. The problem with a lot of people is the way they communicate.
- Communicate respectfully
- Identify what is important. If the issue is not important at all, don’t bother to have a misunderstanding with others at your workplace.
Distractions can cause you stress because you can end up not accomplishing whatever it was that you had to because of distractions. Another is that distractions make it harder for you to do what you must because you’re not giving all your attention to the task at hand.
Distraction is hard to avoid because even outside work, modernization has made it easier to give everyone a distraction. It can be chatting with friends, watching videos on Youtube, going on Facebook, etc.
Distraction is so prevalent that a survey by Udemy showed that 70% of employees mentioned that they are distracted when they are at work.
What makes this harder is that according to Darren Shimkus, general manager for Udemy Business, “66% of workers have never discussed solutions to address workplace distraction with their managers.”
In dealing with work stress, here are ways on how you can eliminate distractions:
- Turn off your smartphone notifications
- Have frequent breaks
- Avoid talking with your coworkers when you’re doing important work
- Mind your physical health
- Avoid, minimize or eliminate negative people
If you have the knowledge on how to take care of yourself when you are stressed at work and you apply them, you can find that you can become happier, healthier, more positive and more productive.
When dealing with work stress, apply what you learned here because you deserve to be happy, healthy and be at your peak performance.