8 Effective Strategies in Coping with Work Stress

Work is among the top sources of stress.

Before you blame stress for all the miseries in your life, stress can also be beneficial. Let’s say you have an incoming speaking engagement in the next few days. If you’re like me, you’d feel pressured, anxious and nervous. You’ll be stressed just by thinking about the day.

Since you don’t want to feel embarrassed in front of your audience, you will find a way to cope with the stress. In this case, stress forces you to prepare. Enough stress can help people develop the skills they need to deal with a stressful situation.

On the other hand, stress becomes evil when other aspects of your life are affected by it.

Your health is affected. You experience loss of appetite, sleep problems, headaches, back pains, stomach problems, and other illnesses.

Your performance suffers. You experience difficulty in making decisions, loss of interest in normal activities, trouble concentrating and anxious about the future.

Your self-worth is plummeting. You become irritable You feel sad for no reason, powerless and other signs of depression.

It’s time to do something about it!

Here are simple healthy tips to cope with work-related stress. I want you to remember the acronym D.E.S.T.R.E.S.S.

Define the Stressor. 

What is the source of stress? We don’t really feel stressed for no reason. According to eazysafe.com, there are 6 common causes of work-stress:

Demands. Lack of Control. Minimal Support. Role Ambiguity. Work-life Balance Issues. Poor Relationships.

Among these, which one is your stressor? If not mentioned above, what is it?

Eliminate the Stressor. 

Once you have identified your source of stress, the best way you can do is eliminate it. That is if it is within your control. Let’s say your stressor is your squeaky chair. Yeah! It can be a source of stress. What to do with it? Remove the chair. Find another chair that doesn’t squeak. If you can eliminate the stressor, your stress becomes irrelevant. But what if your stressor is your work itself? Hmmmm… If your situation is hopeless, resign! The end. Your work-related stress is eliminated.

Simplify. 

Maybe you complicate your life too much. You expect too much from people around you. Or you want to control everything in your work. And you have a tendency to make everything perfect. It seems like you are your own stress. Stop complicating your life. Stop doing other people’s job. Do what is asked of you. Be good at it. But don’t try to make it perfect. It will only complicate your life.

Talk to someone. 

The more you hold onto something, the heavier it feels inside. That’s why some people commit suicide. They feel overwhelmed. And they feel as if nobody cares for them. Talking about what’s bothering you will free the burden off of you. Call your loved one or your trusted friend. Sometimes you just need someone to listen to you.

Rest. 

Give yourself a break. Distance yourself from the stressor. You deserve to take a vacation. You deserve to pamper yourself.

Exercise. 

There is science behind stress. That’s a good thing. Stress is caused by the increased cortisol in our body. If that is true, then, reducing stress level is easy. You just lower the cortisol level in your body. The best way to do that is by sweating it out by exercising.

Socialize. 

Studies show that social support lowers stress levels. It is due to the feeling of belonging which makes us release happy hormones. Serotonin is like an antidote to lower down cortisol level. When you socialize, you will discover that the world is really not going to end tomorrow. You will learn that you are not alone in your problem.

Sex. 

Don’t do drugs. It will make the stressful situation worse. Have sex instead. Sex helps men and women cope with stress by lowering blood pressure.

Life is not just about work. We work for several reasons. To fulfill our dreams. To earn something for our needs. To fill our time with something productive. But if your work is killing you softly through constant extreme stress, it’s time to ask yourself these three questions.

Is it worth it?

Is there something you can do about it?

What are you going to do about it?

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