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Stress at Work - How to Deal with It

Aug 17, 2007
We all know about stress at work. Do these examples look familiar?

1. Your boss has moved the deadline for your report up a few days
2. you have an annoying co-worker
3. you have an in-basket that reaches the ceiling
4. your paycheck is too small to cover your needed expenses

Work stress comes in all flavors (people, events, deadlines, environment)--coping with them can be a real juggling act. There are ways to minimize work stress, here are a few things you can do right now.


You can't always choose your boss or your co-workers. You have to live with their idiosyncrasies, or idiocies, depending on your point of view. Unless you decide to quit, you have to deal with the over-bearing boss or the pesky co-worker. This can be challenging and not dealing with them can add stress to your life.

One way to deal is to keep your work life separate from your home life. Try to keep your home life private. This will make it easier to leave work behind when you exit the building. Be in your "work mode" during working hours and then as you exit the building shake off those work bugs and physically relax your muscles for the ride home. Turn on your favorite music station on the radio or tune into your MP3 player and listen to some fun or relaxing music.


Work meetings, seminars, work-teams and work travel can all add to the stress level. Learn how to organize, plan for tasks in advance, delegate your other responsibilities and ask for help when needed. Reward yourself when an event is over, successful or not. Find ways to relax during the event like, for example, doing yoga or going for a walk at lunch. Make friends at the event so that you can share experiences and pass the time.


The best way to beat stress that comes with deadlines is to plan for success. Keep your workstation and tools clean and neat. Know what tasks need to be done first; which ones will be the most time consuming and how to accomplish them with accuracy and efficiency. Ask for guidelines during the planning stage of the task. The best way to reduce stress is to not experience any surprises. Make sure you understand the assignment before it begins. Use organizational tools like calendars, day planners and software when applicable to automate repetitive tasks.


The work environment can contain many stress triggers, from pollutants like cigarette smoke to dust or clutter. Address these issues with the people you work with. By brainstorming with your co-workers, you may find ways to reduce stress by controlling pollutants, removing dust and de-cluttering the workstations.

Evaluating the people, events, deadlines, and environment at your place of work can help you to come up with creative ways to cope in advance with the stress. Keep in mind that your work is but a portion of your total life and then go out and have some fun when work is done.
About the Author
Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Stress Management.
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