Are you normally a mild mannered, understanding and fair manager? Are you finding yourself tetchy with the boss and downright rude to your staff? After work, are you reaching for the cigarettes you gave up ten years ago and giving an unprovoked clip round the ear to the kids? If you answered yes to any of these, perhaps you are suffering from workplace stress.
According to the American Psychological Association, such irritability is a sign of stress along with a range of symptoms including headache, tense muscles, upset stomach, insomnia, anxiety, lack of motivation, depression and eating problems. But all is not lost! Follow the tips below to reduce your workplace stress levels and rediscover the nicer you.
Revisit your workload
A ridiculously long to-do list is overwhelming and you will almost certainly sink into a black mire of despair where you can’t get even the simplest job done and dusted. Be honest with the boss and explain the limits of your capacity. Delegate whenever appropriate and feasible. And if you have some easy things to do which will have a big impact, do those first and your sense of achievement will be the first giant step on your recovery plan.
Steer clear of stressed folk
Your body’s physiology is attuned to that of the people around you. If you’re spending time with someone under a lot of stress, your body will start to react to their negative vibes. The end result is, of course, to make you feel even more frazzled than before. Give them a wide berth so you can focus on de-stressing and re-balancing yourself.
Keep work at work
Your contract might state a 9 to 5 job but in reality the boss expects you to be at his beck and call at all times. An email received at 10pm, requesting a response before the next morning, is bound to make your blood pressure rocket. Your mind and body need time to relax away from work pressures so try this revolutionary solution: turn off your computer, turn off your cell phone and relax in peace!
Enjoy quality relaxation time
Have quality time with family and friends outside the workplace. Make the effort to get outdoors and don’t just slouch in front of the TV. And beware of the daily news channels, with their depressing but necessary coverage of mass murder, war and economic doom and gloom. You might think you’re relaxing but in reality you could be just adding to your deep seated fears and worries.
Go with the flow
So many of life’s events are out of your control, from the slow check-out girl at the supermarket and the unexpected cancelled flight, to some of life’s biggies like politics and the state of the economy.
You have absolutely no control over any of these so learn to go with the flow. Of course, change what you can but be gentle on yourself and don’t sweat over the things which are out of your power.
Follow these simple steps and your stress recovery plan will be well underway.