Reduce stress in your place of work.
All of us get stressed in our workplaces from time to time. Whether we have a large presentation to give, have a performance review coming up, or simply have too much on your plate, stress in the workplace is common. However, you could be hindering your progress and health by picking up some bad habits that only add to your stress. To keep things in balance, try kicking these three common habits people fall into when coping with work stress.
Bad habit #1: Trying to do everything alone.
One side effect of stress is that it can sap your focus. To compensate, many people try to isolate themselves from other people when they’re under pressure. However, this habit can make things worse. One way to help you stay productive is to work in a group with your co-workers. Whether you ask your team for help or delegate tasks to subordinates, you can find that a bit of teamwork alleviates a great deal of stress.
Bad habit #2: Neglecting your downtime.
Many people that feel under pressure resort to spending more time behind their desk to get on top of things. Unfortunately, this also means that they are often cutting back on personal time in order to slog through a tough situation. However, this can do more harm than good. Our brains and bodies need a break so that we can return to our work refreshed and with new ideas and perspectives. It’s important not to sacrifice the habits and routines that sustain you over the long haul. Whether you go out with friends and family, practice yoga, hit the gym, or get out in nature, make time for yourself to relieve stress.
Bad habit #3: Losing perspective.
When a negative outcome feels like it is right around the corner, it’s likely that your fear outstrips the potential reality. Stress causes you to focus on negative situations and feelings, and it can quickly spiral into depression. To help you manage those feelings, just try accepting the worst imaginable outcome rather than struggling to avoid it. That way, if it really does come to pass, you may find yourself more adaptable and resilient than you thought.
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