How to Deal with Stress at Work

Thursday 5 December, 2013
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A new survey by the Australian Psychological Society found that Australians are this year experiencing a significant spike in stress and distress. They also reported significantly lower levels of wellbeing than in 2012 and 2011, while three in four Australian say that workplace stress is affecting their health. Surprisingly, the most dissatisfied people according to the study were those aged between 18 and 25.

In order to avoid compromising the long-term health of employees, and to ensure maximum productivity, stress must be recognised and dealt with appropriately in the workplace. There are ways to reduce stress and improve your overall wellbeing and productivity. This can be done by:

Exercise

This is cliché but that's because it really works. Although the treadmill may be the last thing you want to face after a long day at work, it really helps you let off steam and clear your head, giving you a more positive outlook on issues that might seem overwhelming.

Diet

You need a variety of vitamins and minerals to keep you mind and body in optimum form. Eat plenty of fresh produce, increase your intake of iron and B vitamins and cut out the bad stuff. When you're busy and tired, it's tempting to grab a pizza or a quick take away meal but cooking your own food is really the best option. Also, cooking itself can have a therapeutic effect, giving you an extra calming boost.

Sleep

Sleep is the best medicine for many ailments. And stress certainly falls into that category. Even a short 20-minute power nap can refresh you and boost your productivity. When you do decide to hit the pillow, make sure you switch off from social media. Too much time in front of your computer screen or on your phone can actually add to the stress.

Regular breaks

Both short and long breaks away from work are important for maintaining your energy levels. If you don't take sufficient time off, you're putting yourself at risk of burning out. Take a couple of days off to relax, organise some time for fun as well as some time to chill out. You'll come back feeling refreshed and ready to take on that to-do list efficiently.

Value your social network

Build relationships with coworkers so that you have a reliable network to fall back on the times get rough, as they inevitably do periodically in any workplace. Working with people you trust and can depend on builds morale and increases the level of job satisfaction.

Don't take on more than you can handle

It's tempting to say yes to every job that crosses your desk or inbox to prove to just how efficient and hard working you are. However, this can have an extremely detrimental effect on you wellbeing and your performance, which is counterproductive.

 

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