Feeling tired and unmotivated because of all the deadlines, reports, or paperwork? Are work problems making you want to quit but you can’t? If only life was that easy, but you need your job. That is fine, we all experience deep emotions because of our stress. In this article, let us talk about your stress at work and how we can avoid it.
Signs and Symptoms of Stress
When encountering stress, our body responds to stressors either physically or emotionally. These activate to protect us by preparing to stay or to run, that is what we call fight or flight.
These common signs are:
- Feeling nervous, afraid, and, depressed.
- Loss of interest in work
- Difficulty sleeping
- Trouble concentrating
- Muscle tension
- Effects eating habits
- Upset stomach
- Social withdrawal
- Loss of sex drive
- Feeling neglected and lonely
- Disinterested in life
Techniques For Dealing With Stress:
No matter what we do, there is no way that we can avoid stress. It’s always a challenge we need to face.
When stress persists, however it may lead to mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. When facing stressors we need to learn how to deal with them. We need to manage stress for the sake of our own mental and physical well being.
- Start your day right– learn to wake up as early as you can, then start your day with exercise, this is an excellent way to relieve stress. You don’t have to go to the gym either, you can do some physical activity at home. Walk from home to the office maybe? This will help your blood circulation and release endorphins to improve your mood.
- Stay organized– excessive workloads are other factors of stress, try to be organized.Plan ahead, make a list of all the things you need to do, then check all the activities you have done. If you know you can’t handle everything, then do it one at a time. Focus and don’t be overwhelmed.
- Warm up and stretch– Take a deep breath, It is okay to take a break for 3 minutes, try lifting up your legs or your hands, this will help to lessen blood clots that occur when sitting for too long.
- Listen to music– during your break you can listen to your favorite songs on Spotify or make a list of relaxing music that you can listen anywhere you are. Listening to music has a positive effect on your brain and emotions. It is because it can release cortisol– a hormone responsible for combating stress. By doing this, it can make you relax and calm.
- Socialize with colleagues– If you are an ambivert or extrovert then you can talk to your co-workers where you can talk about work or non work-related issues. You can also learn tips from them, enhance your productivity and improve relationships. This is an excellent way to relieve stress or to forget your worries for a short period of time.
- Talk yourself through it– Are you introvert or a type of person who is not comfortable socializing with others. In this case, you can talk calmly to yourself–not to worry what others have to say you are doing it for yourself. Simply tell yourself why you are stressed, and everything is going to be okay.
- Eat healthily- Admit it, sometime if you feel stress you tend to eat a lot or what we called stress eating. Don’t fall into this trap. Fruit and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet. Eat healthy food.
- Sleep better– As we all know stress can affect your sleep, however lack of sleep can be another factor of stress. Before going to sleep, remind yourself why you have to be happy. Think of your personal life, somewhere or something nice you’d like to do or your family. Have a good quality of sleep to help you start a new day with a great perspective.
There are a lot of ways for you to relieve your stress. These techniques can help you, but it all depends on how you see things, how you deal with your emotions, and your attitude and outlook. No matter what situations you find yourself in, life is hard sometimes. It is impossible to live well without encountering some struggles in life.