Managing Workplace Stress

Managing Workplace Stress

by Jackie Lauterbach, Communications Coordinator, Acclivity Healthcare

We all know that the workplace can be stressful sometimes. While we cannot control everything in our work environment, it can be expected that there will always be some sort of stress involved. However, while some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can hinder both our professional and personal success and happiness.

Recognizing signs of excessive stress at work is the first step in taking control of the situation. Typically we start by feeling anxious or irritable, find it hard to concentrate and eventually lose interest in our work. When we feel overwhelmed at work, our productivity levels drop and ultimately we become withdrawn from our jobs. If we ignore the warning signs and continue to endure excessive stress, it can impact us both physically and mentally which can be detrimental to our health.

Both our physical and mental health are very important factors in our professional success and happiness. Changing our habits to avoid excessive stress does not mean changing our whole lifestyle. There are small steps that can be taken to make sure we are caring for ourselves. Exercising and making small changes to our eating habits can increase our energy levels which will sharpen our ability to focus. Additionally, our sleeping habits will improve allowing our minds and bodies to refresh so we can wake up alert and ready for a productive and positive workday.

While at times it may be difficult, maintaining control over our responsibilities is essential. Organizing and prioritizing our tasks can help reduce our feeling of being overwhelmed and allow us get a better handle on our work. Try not to over commit, break big projects into smaller tasks and don’t be afraid to speak up when you need assistance.

Finding ways to manage our stress is about focusing on the one thing that we always have control over: ourselves! Remember, our emotions are contagious. When we are stressed it impacts our interactions with others. The more we work on managing our stress, the more we will have a positive influence on others and in return we will benefit from less stress as a whole.