Stressful events happen in life and our workplaces are no exception. When stress escalates things start to feel out of control. When we get overwhelmed it’s important to find ways to diffuse this stress before damage occurs to ourselves and workplace relationships.
In this article, we’ll be looking at 4 ways to diffuse workplace stress.
There is no way you can (or should) handle every task on your own. Coworkers are there to help and support you, so don’t be afraid to reach out to them. Remember that everybody is working together towards the same common goal within the company. If tasks are piling up and clutter is accumulating find a better place and person to assist you with them. That way you can focus on the other things you need to get done.
If your not sure what your priorities are or should be, create a list and set some. Start with what’s most important which will allow you to keep your “eye on the prize.” Focusing on what’s most important can help to steady your perspective through the stressful task at hand.
3) Walk Away
Do something else when stress levels get high take a quick walk outside, run and get lunch, or go talk to a coworker. No matter what you chose to do, you’ve got to get yourself out of the tense/stressful situation. Leaving the high-stress environment and going somewhere to recharge and refresh you’ll be better equipped and ready to handle the situations ahead.
Download an app that helps you regulate your breathing. Taking deep breaths helps you to not only slow down situations but also your body when put into these stressful environments. It’ll help set an internal rhythm which can calm you and get you through.
Stress seems to be a daily part of our lives and it’s all too common in the workplace. However, letting stressful situations escalate can quickly end in chaos. Don’t let workplace stress ruin your day and your health. Remember to take a breath, gather yourself, and return to the situation ready to move forward.