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For today’s blog topics, I want to conquer how to deal with stress at work. We all face it. Even when we do what we love, there are times when our job will make us feel like we are going under, caving in, and falling into a pressure cooker.

First, could you recognize the signs of being stressed at work? Ask yourself if any of the following apply to you; Feeling anxious, irritable, or depressed; Apathy, loss of interest in work; Problems sleeping; Fatigue; Trouble concentrating; Muscle tension or headaches; Stomach problems; Using alcohol to cope.

If you have two or more of the above “symptoms”, then the following techniques can help you. Some of these techniques I elaborate on in an ore comprehensive manner during my corporate seminars.

  • Start moving. The best way to eliminate stress is to start walking. It really helps to clear the mind, regain focus, and the movement boosts endorphins within the body. It is a natural way to decompress and distress.
  • Work on what you eat. Too much sugar will add to feeling irritable while stressed and no one wants that. So, start with curving the sugar and the extra starch in your diet.
  • Practice good sleep hygiene; start with eliminating noise and light from your bedroom during the day. Use blackout curtains or a sleep mask, turn off the phone, and use ear plugs or a soothing sound machine to block out daytime noise.

There is no way to really prevent coworkers or bosses from causing you stress, other than finding a less stressful job. In the meantime, if you work on walking, eating right, and sleeping right-you’re off to a good start!

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