Stress: Tips for Taming Work-Related Angst

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Stress can have positive and negative effects. It can help a person perform better and work harder in the workplace, athletics, and elsewhere. However, it could also be a double-edged sword. Too much stress–even so-called “good” stress–can be overwhelming and lead to various physical and mental health consequences. Do not allow stress to spiral out of control. Here are some tips for stress management, finding balance, focus, and taming work-related angst.

One of the most fundamental tips for stress management and taming work-related angst involves gaining perspective on the situation. What type of stress is involved in the work environment? Is it commonplace work-related stress, which usually involves a combination of frustrations, disappointments, and personality conflict or is it something more disruptive and damaging? If it is commonplace work-related stress, consider that is why they call it work. A person should not expect to go there and have fun. They should expect to go there and get paid for their efforts. It is also important to have established boundaries within the work environment. Remember that co-workers are not family members, at least not in most cases. It is also important when a person leaves work each day, they should leave their work at the office. Focusing on other non-work aspects of an individual’s life, such as relationships and hobbies, will help a person gain personal perspective and manage their stress more effectively.

Another tip for effective stress management and taming work-related angst is self-realization. This aspect plays into the personal perspective of the work environment. If a person discovers they are miserable at work and the stress of the situation is affecting other aspects of their life, it might be time to look for another job. Excessive stress can lead to a myriad of other issues including sleep deprivation, physical exhaustion, relationship issues, depression, as well as a number of other physical and mental health issues. These physical, mental, and relationship issues can become chronic and extremely damaging if excessive stress is endured over a long period of time.

An invaluable tip for effective stress management and taming work-related angst is the use of stretching and breathing exercises. Stretching moves the muscles, releases tension, and shifts an individual’s focus to their breathing and body movements. As an example, try a yoga move known as ‘eagle arms,’ which is used to relieve shoulder tension. With a slight bend of the elbows, a person stretches their arms out in front of them, and then, wraps one arm over the other. Next, a person should interlock their hands and inhale deeply as they lift their arms straight up over their head. Then, a person should exhale fully. An added benefit of this exercise is it can be done anywhere, even at an individual’s workstation or desk.

Other workstation exercises that can be utilized to effectively manage stress and help tame work-related angst include back and hamstring stretches. The back stretch is easy and can be implemented effortlessly. A person should simply stand straight with an open chest and allow the arms to dangle and remain loose while taking in a deep breath. Then, exhale out and bend forward, extend the stretch over the legs, with knees slightly bent. At this point, an individual should sway slightly, and then, roll gently upward to a standing position. This stretch will direct blood flow to the head and should help the individual feel more refreshed when rolling up to a standing position. While this stretch is more conspicuous than a seated move, it can be easily incorporated when picking something up off the floor and can be employed without hesitation for home-based workers.

An essential tip for effectively managing stress and taming work-related angst involves switching tasks when stressed. If an individual has the flexibility to do so, it is very conducive to divert attention away from whatever source is causing a person to be stressed. This strategy can also apply to co-workers. Take a break from the project that or people who are causing a person to be stressed and work on something else for a while. This tip could be particularly beneficial for home-based workers and work activities.

Stress can have positive and negative effects. It could prove beneficial to a person’s work or athletic performance; however, it could also be a double-edged sword with damaging effects. Another fundamental tip for stress management and taming work-related angst involves determining whether the work environment is simply stressful or has become abusive. There can be a fine line in differentiating between a stressful and abusive work environment, and therefore, extreme caution should be exercised. When facing workplace anxiety, consider consulting a third-party, such as a human resources representative or a friend removed from the situation, who can be objective and act as a sounding board. If harassment is involved and the abuse is disrupting an individual’s ability to work, then appropriate, calm, and decisive actions must be taken to ensure the situation is resolved. Too much stress–even so-called “good” stress–can be overwhelming and lead to various physical and mental health consequences. Do not allow stress to spiral out of control and become detrimental to an individual’s health and peace of mind. There are a number of ways to effectively manage stress and tame work-related angst.

By Leigh Haugh

Sources:
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U.S. News and World Report

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