“There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full”-Henry Kissinger
Do you dread getting out of bed every day to go to work because your work environment is too stressful? Many people find that it's not so much their job that causes them stress, but the people and the environment. You may find that the people you work with are intolerable or that the setup of your work place is simply not conducive to getting things done efficiently.
Dealing with stressful work environments is something many of us have to face every day, but you don't have to let it get you down. Instead, by learning how to deal with your stress at work you'll be able to boost your energy and reduce frustration.
How to Deal with Stressful Work Environments
1. Create a space conducive to concentration. If your office is open-concept, you may find the hustle and bustle around you to be distracting. If this is the case, try setting up your work space so that everything you need is right in front of you so you don't have to continually get up to grab stuff. Also, try putting up a privacy screen (if possible), or rearrange your furniture or computer screen to create a barrier of sorts between you and the rest of the office.
2. Use positive imagery when you feel stress coming on. Focus on a happy or peaceful moment in your past, or keep a picture on your desktop that will help to put you at ease. Find a great screen saver to relax to for a minute or two during the day. Many people find that they can control stress by allowing themselves to go to a peaceful place for just a couple of moments.
3. Create a daily to-do list. Many times when we are stressed out, it's because we are trying to juggle too many things without saying no from time to time. This causes our stress levels to rise quickly and uncontrollably. When you create a to-do list, it won't matter how hectic the office gets or how many people are slacking off; you'll have a list in front of you that'll remind you what needs to get done for that day. You'll feel more in control when you organize your day and you'll be able to find some peace in the chaos surrounding you. Have your to-do list ready for the next day if possible.
4. Learn how to meditate. Meditation is a form of deep concentration that can help you restore peace and balance in your life. You can make meditation part of your everyday life so when stress levels are rising, you can regain your composure nearly effortlessly. As you practice your meditation techniques, you'll be able to do it without anyone even noticing, and you'll bring a calmer and more focused energy to the office.
5. Move around within the company or find a better fit elsewhere. Many people simply cannot overcome the stressful environment in which they work. Besides, no one should work in a situation where they always feel on edge. If you have a job that is too demanding or rarely allows for you to tend to your personal life, then it may be time to find a better fit. Getting a new job can be stressful in itself, but when you find something that is right for you, you'll notice the old way of stressful living will melt away and you'll be left with a happier, healthier, and more peaceful life.
Workplace stress is at an all-time high, but in many cases, you'll be able to overcome this stress using the workplace stress tips mentioned above. If the work environment becomes too stressful and toxic to deal with, you'll want to take action. After all, you must put yourself first if prolonged and unmanaged stress becomes destructive to your body and mind.
For over 25 years in the health care profession, Lisa Birnesser has studied stress relief techniques and have helped hundreds of people reduce stress in their lives. Lisa specializes in stress management coaching by helping people do what matters most every day.