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Stress At Work

Everybody talks about stress, be it at workplace or home. But what is this stress actually? In simple terms, stress is the result of any emotional, social, physical or other factors that leads to a response or change in our human body.

It is very important that one leads a healthy life in such a competitive environment. One must get a complete health insurance policy so as to avoid any toll on your savings when unexpected illness/accidents occur.

Positive stress, or in other words challenge is needed in our daily life. However, when stress occurs in amounts that cannot be handled by an individual, it manifests itself in illness, absenteeism, lack of creativity or motivation, internal politics and sudden harsh decisions. Fear of job redundancy, layoffs, increased demands for overtime due to shortage of staff, pressure to perform act as negative stress which interferes with your productivity and gradually on your physical and emotional health.
It is always important to learn new and better ways of coping with the job pressure. We will be sharing some simple but effective workplace related stress reducing tips going forward.

What are the usual signs and symptoms of workplace stress?

  • Feeling anxious, irritable or depressed
  • Loss of interest in work
  • Sleeping problems or insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble in concentration
  • Frequent headaches
  • Stomach problems
  • Social withdrawal
  • Overuse of nicotine and alcohol.

Some common tips for reducing job stress :

 Prioritize tasks : Make a list of tasks you have to do always in order of importance. Do the high-priority items first. If you have something particularly unpleasant to do, finish it as soon as possible.

 Talk it over : In some situations, simply sharing your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust can help reduce stress. Talking over a problem with someone who is both supportive and empathetic can be a great way to let off steam and relieve stress.

Distribute responsibility : Chalk out a balanced schedule for yourself. Try to delegate tasks to capable people. You need not do all of it yourself. Let go of the desire to control or oversee every little step. You’ll be letting go of unnecessary stress in the process as it is difficult to digest everything at one go.

Never over-commit : It is very important to learn to distinguish between the “musts” and “should”. Very often we tend to underestimate the time frame of a definite work/object and pile on too much on our plate. Try to drop things that are not truly necessary rather than trying to please your boss. Avoid scheduling things back-to-back or trying to fit too much into one day.

Connect with others at work : Developing friendships with your co-workers is a very effective stress buster. Remember to listen to them and offer support when they are in need as well.

 Don’t be late for work : Try to leave at least 10-15 minutes before the usual time. This way you can avoid unnecessary delay due to traffic or any other issues and avoid rushing to your desk. It helps you to keep your cool throughout the day. Plan for a vacation: Go out, explore and enjoy a vacation with your family and kids at least twice in a year. It will not only relax your mind, but recharge you to be more productive once you are back for work. Take care of yourself : Even small things like reading your favorite novel, gardening, watering your plants, listening to music while driving, playing with your children can help lift your mood and increase in our energy level. One step at a time in making more positive lifestyle choices can lead to a marked reduction in stress levels, both at work and home.

Build up your confidence : Learn to identify and distinguish your abilities and weakness. Once you can accept both, it will help to build up you confidence and help you fight stress better.

Get moving : Try to get at least 30 minutes of walking or jogging in the morning. Aerobic exercise is a hugely effective way to lift your mood, increase energy, sharpen focus, and relax both the mind and body. If it’s easier to fit into your schedule, break up the activity into two or three shorter segments.

 Eat Right, keep fit : Follow the mantra of today’s life of eating small but healthy frequent meals throughout the day. This will help to maintain an even level of blood sugar. Low blood sugar can make you feel anxious and irritable, while eating too much can make you lethargic. Try to avoid heavy lunch, especially rice items in office.

Drink alcohol in moderation : This is again a myth that alcohol releases your stress and you feel elated. Alcohol temporarily reduces anxiety and worry, but regular drinking to relieve job stress may also eventually lead to alcohol abuse and dependence.

Try to avoid nicotine : Majority of the people live with the misconception that smoking when you're feeling stressed and overwhelmed may seem calming, but nicotine is a powerful stimulant – leading to higher, not lower, levels of anxiety.

Sleep, the magic stress reliever! A well rested body is the key factor in managing both job and stress. Stress and worry not only leads to insomnia, but also makes you vulnerable to even more stress.

Opt for Reliance HealthWise Policy, so that you can be stress free at least from the health point of view.

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