3 Ways to Reduce Stress in the Office
So you are stressed at the office…again. Maybe your boss is being difficult or a supplier has ran over their delivery date. Whatever the case may be, it is getting to you. How we deal with stress is different for each person, but there are some steps you can take to help reduce stress in the workplace.
1. Deal with it
So often we run away from our problems. Doing so does not make your problems go away. They will often reoccur. The best way to deal with a source of stress is to deal with it. Eliminate it. Make it go away. How do you do that?
Analyze your source of stress. Is it an upcoming project deadline? Is it that pesky supplier? You must identify the source to eliminate it. Drill down to the root cause. Are you not prepared to complete the project? Do you need something from someone else to complete your part of the project? Is the supplier really the problem, or did you give them an unreasonable deadline?
Now, eliminate the source. Maybe you have a colleague that is always stealing credit for your ideas and this is causing you stress. Speak to them and express your concerns. If that doesn’t work, talk to your boss and inform him or her of the situation.
If you are not prepared for a project deadline because you have so many other projects that you are working on, then prioritize your time and determine how you can complete it on time. Can you remove something off your schedule and delegate it to someone else to free up your time? Often, we take on things that we really should delegate.
This may seem like you are avoiding the situation, but really it isn’t. Delegating a stressful event is effective management of your own time.
Once you have made your decision on the best course of action, act on it. Do not wait. Do it now and get it taken care of.
There may be times where you just cannot change or improve a situation after trying your best to deal with it. Sometimes the best choice is avoiding the stressful situation altogether. It may be something that you cannot change. You may not be able to change your colleague, and transferring to a new department not be feasible, so the best thing to do would be to avoid this person and get on with your life. You did all you could, so avoid future contact with them.
Although avoidance is not the best solution to dealing with a stressful situation, sometimes we have no choice.
3. Let it go
Now that the stress is removed, put it in the past. Don’t worry over the how or the why. The decision was made, now live with it.
Also, maybe you need to learn to let things go. Like they say, don’t sweat the small stuff. Does it really do you any good worrying about something that is small or unimportant?
Maybe the best thing to diffuse a stressful situation is to walk away. Take a breather. Go for a walk. Take a 20 minute yoga break. Anything that can take your mind off the stressful event will help.
So what do you think? What do you find is the best way to deal with stressful situations at work? Please share your ideas!