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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dealing With Stress in the Workplace



The Holidays and year end are coming soon, unfortunately this time of year means an extra dose of stress for many people, especially in the workplace. Some stress is normal, but constant stress can interfere with your productivity and can even have a negative impact on your physical and emotional health. Instead of letting stress take over at work, check out these tips from Tiger Leasing to learn how to manage your most stressful situations.

Prioritize and Organize
An easy way to let stress get the best of you is not organizing important tasks you need to do. It may sound too good to be true, but a simple to do list will help you keep tasks that need to be done in one place. To take it one step further, prioritize your list. Move any deadline assignments to the top and have the rest of your tasks descend in order of importance. Besides keeping yourself organized, the best part of to-do lists is being able to cross things off once you’ve finished!

Take Care of Yourself
When work stresses you out, that stress can leave the workplace with you. In order to reduce that risk, it’s important that you take care of your physical and emotional health both at work and at home. It can be hard to sleep if you come home from work stressed, but getting enough sleep is critical. Lack of sleep can lead to fatigue which causes even more stress at work.

A healthy diet is also important in staying well and stress-free. You may think you don’t have enough time for a lunch break at work, but skipping meals can make you irritable and even more stressed. Eating small frequent meals throughout the day helps keep your energy up and your focus high, which lets you knock those important tasks off of your checklist.

Break Up Your Work
Working on task after task at work can take a toll on your emotional health and lead to major stress, which is why it’s important to take a break every so often. After you complete a project or when you find yourself nodding off, get up and take a 5 minute walk to liven up your mind and body. In addition to giving your brain a break, taking a quick walk can spark creativity, stretch muscles normally cooped up at your desk and wake your body up.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help
You are only human, which means you can only handle so much work at a time. If you are feeling overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to talk to your boss or ask coworkers for help. If you have a deadline assignment that you can’t complete on time, find out if it can be extended or ask if a co-worker can team up with you to help. Remember, nobody will know that you need help unless you ask for it!

Stress at work can lead to problems in and out of the office, so remember these tips the next time you feel stress starting to build up. How do you relieve your workplace stress? Share with a comment or post on our Facebook page.

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posted by Tiger Leasing @ 8:30 AM

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