Everyone faces challenges in their careers, but how you respond to these challenges can vary from person to person. Are you someone who finds themselves becoming overwhelmed or stressed out when a project isn’t living up to predictions? Are you constantly worried about something – maybe you feel like you can’t keep up in your job?
Regardless of what it is, it’s important to remember that stress is a regular part of life. However, how you deal with that stress is different from person to person, and some strategies yield better results than others.
Take Care of Yourself
Physical and mental health are interconnected, meaning if you don’t properly take care of your physical needs, your mental state can suffer. This means eating healthy foods, regularly exercising, and getting the required amount of sleep doesn’t just make you feel better, but also translates to better results in the workplace. If you are constantly sick or lack energy, you can start to feel this compounding on any stress you already had.
Ensuring you have a good work-life balance is key when it comes to reducing stress, so make sure you are investing an adequate amount of time in all aspects of your life, not just in your career.
No one is an expert on everything. It’s essential to play to your strengths. While it may feel like being involved with everything is advantageous for your career, the consequences can be detrimental. Some may say that the idea of decisions being made without their involvement leads to more stress. But studies have shown that struggling with a task in the workplace is a stress trigger and that delegating is an effective tactic against it.
Essentially, utilizing a team that focuses on everyone’s strengths will create better results, both fiscally and mentally.
Control What You Can Control
Is your workplace stress caused by procrastination? Are you stressed out because you have so much work you don’t know where to start? If this is your situation, the most effective way to destress is to simply get started. We wrote an article about combating procrastination that outlined some tips on motivating yourself to get started.
Regardless of what tactic you utilize, as you begin to accomplish tasks, you will find your stresses lessening. And you’ll ask yourself why you didn’t make a change sooner.