Workplace stress

5 Ways to Effectively Manage Your Workplace Stress

Anthea Healthy Living

According to the most recent data from the General Social Survey (GSS), more than 1 in 4 Canadians described their work lives as highly stressful.

Pressures of long working hours and low job security can be felt in many workplaces. And although dealing with workplace stress is a normal part of everyday life, it is important to be on the lookout for some of the early warning signs of unhealthy stress, including depression, anxiety, insomnia and headaches.

How to Manage Your Workplace Stress

Workplace stress can affect anyone at any time. While many who suffer from stress choose to keep it to themselves, you don’t need to suffer in silence. Instead, you can alleviate your stress by speaking with a friend, your doctor or a support service.

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And, here are 5 more tips you can use to manage workplace stress:

  1. Realize that it is OK to sometimes say no. While always saying yes can make you look like a go-getter in the short term, taking on too much can set you up for failure and increase your stress levels.
  2. Learn to speak up. You can prevent stress and exhaustion by knowing how much work you’re able to take on. If you take on too much, you won’t be able to do it well, so choose wisely. If you’re unable to reasonably complete a project, your manager will most likely appreciate it if you outline your reasons and offer an alternate solution.
  3. Recognize when you’re stressed. One of the best things to do about workplace stress is simply recognize it exists. Then you can do something about it before it interferes with other aspects of your life.
  4. Slow down. Think things through before you act, and begin with a clear goal in mind. This way, you’ll avoid having to start over halfway through a misguided project.
  5. Take a break. To relieve stress, make time to take a break. Taking a walk or discussing your work situation with another person may help you gain a new outlook.