11 Smart Ways to Manage Stress at Work

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Are you one of those employees who feel eternally stressed out just because of work? Then this article will help you change your life in the office for the better.

Here are the smart ways to manage stress at work.

1. Manage your time efficiently.
If you have great time management skills, you won’t have to worry about getting all stressed out at work in the first place – so this advice is more like a prevention than an actual remedy. It seems easier said than done but properly allotting time for every task and to-do entry is possible.

Whiteboard or cork boards are the best office stuff to help you organize your schedule. It will also serve as a motivator because no one can deny the satisfaction of ticking off every box on one’s list every day, don’t you agree?

2. Kick “tardiness” out of your life.
Tardiness and delays at work can be really stressful – so if you don’t do something about your habit of running late or even submitting a task beyond the deadline, then you can’t get away from the stress at work.

Perhaps the only effective solution is to try to love your job. While most jobs are hard to love, at least do something to appreciate what you do. This passion, no matter how small, can help you give importance to meeting deadlines and coming to work on time.

3. Eat right and get enough hours of sleep.
Stress can be caused by physical factors such as the effects of a lack of sleep or even the absence of healthy and nutritious food. Managing stress at work involves giving your body enough time to take a rest. Moreover, it also means allowing yourself to feel healthy and nourished by consuming the right food and working out at least once a week.

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4. Don’t expect things to go your way all the time.
Stress can also be caused by overly expecting things to always go your way. You can’t always have what you want and it’s true for both life in and outside work. Always manage your expectations if you don’t want to feel anxious or disappointed.

Working with other people can be challenging at times, so it’s also important that you know how to reach a compromise. Learn how to negotiate and listen to other people’s advice.

5. Never initiate or take part in a workplace drama.
You should always observe professionalism at work, and this includes not taking part (or initiating) office drama. You are there to be productive and to accomplish tasks as a part of a team and a company  – not to socialize or find a romantic partnership.

If it’s about matters beyond work, prevent a ticking time bomb of stress and unprofessionalism by knowing your limitations.

6. Don’t let procrastination ruin your momentum.
Don’t allow your future self to suffer from your present habit of procrastinating. Aside from the fact that it can be really stressful to try to beat a nearing deadline, it will always affect the quality of your work and the quality of your performance.

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7. Don’t stay long hours at work if you don’t need to.
One of the major causes of stress is working long hours that you are expected to. While it can impress your boss, your mental and physical health will eventually suffer the consequences. Yes, you are accomplishing more tasks than other people, but what is it doing to you and the other aspects of your life?

Your job is not your life and you also have to focus on other things: your family, your relationships outside of work, and your personal time to rest and reboot.

8. Avail of your vacation and holiday leaves ASAP.
If you’re a workaholic, you might not feel the effects of stress right away perhaps because you are already used to the feeling of being physically and mentally tired all the time. Maybe that’s why you don’t mind if you won’t spend your vacation and holiday credits.

While you may look like an ideal employee, you’re already taking yourself for granted – and it’s just a matter of time until your body finally gives up on you. If you don’t want this to happen, there’s a quick and effective solution: take that long-overdue vacation, either alone or with a special someone. ASAP!

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9. After a failure, try your best to get up and work harder.
Failing at something you worked so hard for can be really stressful and can add more burden to your mental state. However, you have no choice but to keep going. Adulthood dictates that no matter what happens, you have to work and do your best – not just to pay the bills, but to eventually create a brighter and more comfortable future for yourself or your family.

After a failure, you can take that much-needed break but always come back stronger.

10. Make time for your hobbies and outdoor activities.
All work and no play makes anyone a dull boy – and it’s true even for an adult like you. So spend some time to enjoy the things that you love. Don’t forget about your hobbies, or even engage in new and exciting outdoor activities.

You’ll see a big difference in your perspective that no matter how boring or redundant your work is, you can always look forward to a weekend of fun and adventure.

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11. Socialize and always keep in touch with your crowd.
It’s always stressful to spend the days alone. If you’re a home-work-home type of employee, you’ll understand that it can be exhausting to just focus your life on something that doesn’t always let you feel alive.

That’s why it’s important to spend time with the people who give you life, the ones with whom you want to spend the best moments. Be with your crowd and all the worries and stress created by a demanding job will always be manageable.

Make sure that your priorities are not just about your career but also about your personal growth as a person, a friend, and a dreamer. For this reason, never make your job the center of your life because if you do, it will just be a matter of time until you finally lose the things that are really more valuable: your family, your friends, the love of your life, and eventually, yourself.

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Charm Villalon
Charm is a writer and a student. She is currently completing her Graduate Degree in Language Studies while refining her creativity and related skills through the visual arts: drawing and painting.
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