14 Feb Ways to Combat Stress
Working in a public or nonprofit organization can be stressful for a variety of reasons. Charged with vital roles in society such as educating children, delivering, assistance to the needy, or administering funds, we must answer to citizens, supervisors, and our peers- all of whom might have different priorities and expectations. You may sometimes feel underappreciated by the public you serve or stressed by many pressures you face. In any case, failing to address your stress can only worsen it. If you don’t take steps to deal with stress, you could end up with serious medical conditions.
Look out for early symptoms of stress, and take steps to relieve them quickly. If you let them go unchecked, these symptoms can develop into more serious health complications such as heart problems, depression, and anxiety. Be wary of the following stress symptoms:
- Short temper
- Upset stomach
- Sore back
- Job dissatisfaction
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increased errors
Changing the way you work can help to relieve some sources of stress. Consider these tips:
- Prioritize. Begin with your most important or pressing tasks. Concentrate on other tasks only when you have finished the first ones.
- Make sure you are clear about the definition of your role and responsibilities. Ask your supervisor if you have any doubt.
- Stay organized. A clean office or an efficient daily planner can often give more clarity.
- Anticipate possible disagreements with anyone you interact with and plan how you will calmly deal with them.
Focus on Your Personal Life
A successful employee is able to balance his or her work with a personal life.
- Make time for friends and family, as spending time with those you love will help you unwind
- Live a healthy lifestyle. Exercise, eat well, and sleep at least eight hours a night.
- Spend time won outside hobbies, interests, or passions. This will help you detach from your work environment and reduce stress.
If you ever feel overwhelmed about work, talk to your superior about ways in which they can help you beat work-related stress.