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Managing Stress at Workplace

By Divya Puri

October 24, 2016

Someone wise once said “STRESS is not what happens to us. It is our response to what happens. Luckily, we get to choose our response.”

The dictionary meaning of stress is: ‘A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances’. The fact is that we somehow make our circumstances adverse, intentionally or unintentionally. No wonder everyone is busy, we’re all here to leave a mark, to stand out in many ways. Whether occupied at work or doodling on desk, we consider everything under ‘being busy’ these days. But it’s highly important to be productively occupied.
So I’ll cut short the verbose and list some tips which can help you manage stress at work.

1. Stop procrastinating now

Yeah! This has to be the first one. On an average 1 out of 5 people admit that their procrastination has gotten so out of hand that they have jeopardized their jobs, relationships and even their health. Procrastination is often viewed as a lifestyle (whether by choice or not), largely because the behavior takes over all aspects of the individual’s life. The solution? Stop avoiding! Make a smart to-do list by including only the things that you’re avoiding, not the ones you know you’ll do anyway. Then set deadlines. You’ll feel better and less stressed if you just do one thing at a time. PRIORTIZE YOUR THOUGHTS.

2. One thing at a time

We often claim to multitask. That’s a myth! Yes it is. A human mind CANNOT multitask. Dividing attention across multiple activities is taxing on the brain, and can often come at the expense of real productivity. There are people who are decent multitaskers, but the number is quite small, and chances are, you're not one of them. If you ‘try’ to multitask, you’re either going to have to slow down on one of the tasks, or start making mistakes. By default, we humans are good at balancing tasks and I think that’s the key to doing something efficiently.

It has rightly been said: “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”

3. Invest your time in focusing on a solution.

Rather than crying over a ‘problem’, try not calling it a ‘problem’ first of all. May be it’s not as big as you’ve made it. Stop over thinking. Pull back your easy chair and take a deep breath. The more positive your mind is, the more confident and optimistic you will be while approaching any difficulty and hence the more creative and insightful you will be in identifying creative solutions and breakthrough ideas. Always keep these tips in mind:

  • Practice ‘Critical thinking’.
  • Look for the root cause of the system, don’t just be taken away by its symptoms.
  • Also start taking action on what you’ve been thinking. Don’t just clog your brain, speak it out. Discuss it with your senior or friend.
  • Take responsibility for your actions and words as well. Whether you’re head of a dozen or a dozen serve under your guidance. The blame-game is something which comes very easy but we should avoid it.

4. Find a balance that works for you

Everyone has a different story, is in a different scenario and different work conditions. So the trick should also be different for every individual. Although there are some common things you can always start with:

  • Cut on coffee cups and replace them with green tea.
  • Go for a little walk after long sitting hours.
  • Exercising is essential and it always doesn’t mean you need to put on the exercise gear and start with spirits of Milkha Singh and eventually end up on the same couch that too in your exercise gear! Admit or not this happens! You need to start peacefully and continue with it. Exercise is not a day or a month thing. It’s a way of life.
  • Eat good. Ditch chips and snacks. Have some fun recipe experiments with fruits and healthy stuff, encourage people around you with the same because in return that’ll keep you motivated. Eating healthy doesn’t always mean eating green salads, explore your options! How about some Google-ing!

It’s highly highly important to maintain a work-life balance. You should learn to say ’No’ when it’s required. You don’t need to link “NO” to rudeness or disrespect always. If you have a genuine reason then saying the same shouldn’t be a problem.

“The key is not to prioritize what’s in your schedule but to schedule your Priorities” While working on these management techniques one shouldn’t lose sight of purpose which is primarily to be happy at work. Worrying is seriously murdering your imagination. We need to be creative with whatever we do. It’s not only about arts or crafts. Brainstorm! But do remember, there’s a fine line between stress-free attitude and casual attitude. Slow-down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you. You are your best judge, find out what suits you don’t go by the sayings and trends. Be creative.

Hope these tips will alleviate you through this process of having stress-free environment around you at work.