The third annual Work Stress Survey shows that 8 out 10 Americans experience significant stress at work. Topping the list of stressors is poor pay and excessive projects. While insufficient pay and mountains of assignments are combated on an individual level, there are several general stress reducing tips that will help anyone in any positon. In 12 Ways to Ditch Stress at Work Part 1 we discussed the first 6 ways to reduce stress at the job.
Here are 6 full proof ways to ditch stress at work.
7Stop Interruptions. It can be difficult to control habitual interrupters, but you can control your responses. You can accept the interruption or stop the interruption. There are also preventative measures that will decrease the likelihood of distractions like office hours, having certain times when you respond to emails, or closing your door when you have to focus.
8Press the Panic Button. If you feel yourself getting anxious, utilize acupuncture techniques to instantly reduce stress by using your thumb to apply pressure to the side of your middle finger.
9 Talk Down Stressful Co-Workers. Every office has those individuals who live in the stress zone and negatively impact others with their behavior. Try approaching these individuals and discussing their behavior and its impacts on others in a respectful tone. Or request that a manager or supervisor talk to the individual.
10Be a Cheerleader. Instead of dwelling on the negative aspects of the job or becoming overwhelmed by your projects, pump yourself up with positive messages. Encouraging thoughts are a stronger motivator than negative ones.
11Flip the Script. What happens in the office, its players, events, and their effects on you can change depending on your interpretation. So instead of seeing the recent announcement of the acquisition of a big time client as a stressful event, interpret it as a major opportunity for you to show off your abilities and help your team.
12Eat Well and Sleep Better. When we experience stress at work, we often skip meals and go without sleep. Avoid both. Mentally and physically we function better when we are well nourished and energized.