Stress accounts for approximately a third of work-related ill health and is something we all experience sometime or the other during our work stage. It has become a major concern among various organizations creating a major impact on the management and operations of the organization. Most of the stress is caused when the demands at work reach an extreme level. Studies suggest that stress is responsible for several types of chronic health problems like cardiovascular disease, a psychological disorder, etc.
1. Work with your body
Various sorts of things can trigger a stress response, but this response goes beyond the “stress system”. Stress has widespread interactions within our body and can impact on our energy, sleep, dietary preferences, and the immune system. It may seem impossible to change a stressful situation, but we may find ways to support our body with things like better dietary choices and looking after our sleep pattern.
2. Take a step back and relax
We often hold unreasonably high expectations of ourselves at work or don’t take enough time to look after ourselves outside work. We need to identify where we can exert an influence over how we spend our time and where we need to direct our focus. We need to identify our limitations in terms of our skills, focus, and time, and make choices based on what is most important and what may be realistically possible for us.
3. Engage in De-stress activity
Though our work life contains stress, we need to find ways to punctuate it with non-stressful activities. These can be short or long term: ranging from things like switching off emails for 30 minutes while working on something important or taking five minutes break outside, to regularly isolating a day or a week without high-pressure meetings or deadlines.
4. Listen to your body
Stress doesn’t always manifest in ‘feeling stressed’. It can appear as disrupted sleep, high levels of tension, or poor concentration. Paying attention to these cues can give us a better indication of our mental health. We must be conscious enough to understand that our body communicates with us on multiple levels indicating the requirement of rest for the body.
5. Control your reaction
Our reactions to various stressful situations can play a major part in how they affect us and create more stress. When stress increases its found to alter the way we interpret the world around us and our thoughts. For example, it can change the strategies we use to make decisions towards more habit-based decisions rather than allowing shifts towards flexible decision-making that can contribute to achieving our goals.