Stress and anxiety at work is not very common issue among co-workers. In fact, you probably don’t even notice it yourself – between so many responsibilities and things needing an immediate response, there doesn’t seem to be much time to stop and pay attention to the body and mind’s signals or warnings.
Have you felt this way? You are not alone. According to one survey, 60% of workers feel stressed 3 or more days a week. Here are some tips for dealing with these emotions.
You might think: “how can I rest freely if there are so many things to do?” and you may be right, but this doesn’t mean you must forget about your work at all. It really means that you should concentrate on work for a certain amount of time, then stop to rest and get back to it after some more time.
For this, some use the Pomodoro technique (25 minutes of attention and 5 minutes of rest), and others prefer to take a break every 75 or 90 minutes. Whatever time works for you, set breaks during your work; otherwise, you will increase your anxiety and stress levels and decrease your productivity, which (you can already guess) affects stress and anxiety.
2.Manage your emotions
Have you ever heard of emotional intelligence? Over the years, it has become essential for businesses. You probably know the reason why. When you control your emotions, you have a better relationship with your colleagues and are less prone to conflicts. It is no secret that the latter is an inexhaustible source of stress and anxiety that prevent you from doing your job.
But that’s not all. Managing emotions also makes you more productive and valuable to the company for other reasons. Let’s say the company you work for is at a critical juncture, and they need you to take charge of finding a solution to the problem. Losing your temper and mistreating your colleagues is not what is expected of you.
Instead, the company counts on you to put irrationality aside and make mature and calm decisions. In that sense, learning to dissipate emotions is essential for dealing with anxiety and stress at work. Instead of raging on your colleagues, try to write everything that bothers you. You may ask, “How can writing help me reduce my stress?”. The answer is simple: it will channel your anger into a different source, a less destructive one.
3.Stay away from stressful co-workers
If it’s not you who treats colleagues poorly, another colleague may be treating you inappropriately because of stress. And while this is the most common scenario, there are other situations in remote work that cause stress and decrease productivity. One of them is feeling left out by colleagues. If you are a newcomer, you should try to integrate, a process that may take time but pays off.
Avoid getting into sensitive topics of conversation with co-workers! No politics, religion, or others, this can end very badly, and it is a fact that your stress and anxiety levels will skyrocket.
4.Learn to prioritize
It’s true, you have a lot of tasks, and you have to accomplish them all. But it is also true that some need to be completed more quickly than others. If you learn to prioritize, you will know what to do first, and you will complete things on time and without diminishing quality.
Say no to multitasking! This practice makes it difficult to concentrate, and at the end of the day, your stress levels are sky-high because you haven’t really managed to complete anything. So, make sure you prioritize and focus on the task in front of you.
5.Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If stress and anxiety at work are getting the better of you, don’t hesitate to ask for help. This may be due to a workload that is too high, in which case it is advisable to talk to your supervisor. They will offer you some solutions, whether hiring someone to help you, reassigning some tasks to other co-workers, or even providing counseling.
However, the response to your request may take some time, but if it is ignored, the recommendation is to look for a new job or counseling on your own.
In addition to the above, you can tackle work stress and anxiety by determining when you are most creative and productive, avoiding distractions, and even clearing your inbox.You