Long-term stress has become too common. So common that APA's (American Psychological Association) annual American Stress Survey has repeatedly found that work is cited as a significant cause of stress by a majority of Americans.
You can't always escape the pressure that comes on the job. However, you can take action to manage work-related stress.
The key to learning how to manage stress at work to keep it at a healthy level and make sure it's not going to be overwhelming. Easier said than done, huh? We're here to help you out. Here are some tried and true methods of learning how to relieve stress at work, so that you can get your happier self back.
Learn how to relax
Start by taking a few minutes each day to focus on a simple activity like breathing, walking, or enjoying a snack. The ability to concentrate on a particular task without distraction will get easier with practice, and you can find that you can extend it to several different areas of your life.
Taking time to recharge
Don't let your holidays go to waste. Where needed, take time off to rest and unwind, so you'll get back to work feeling re-energized and able to deliver your best. If you're not able to take your day off, get a quick boost by turning off your smartphone and focusing your mind on non-work tasks for a bit.
Develop healthy responses
Instead of trying to combat stress with fast food or alcohol, do your best to make healthy choices when you sense the tension is increasing. Exercise is a big stress-buster. Yoga can be an excellent option, but any type of physical exercise is helpful. Make time for hobbies and favorite activities, too. Whether you're reading a book or playing games with your family, make sure you set aside time for activities that offer you joy.
Get some support
Accepting the support of trustworthy friends and family members will boost the ability to relieve stress. Your workplace may also provide available resources for handling stress through an employee assistance program, including online information, guidance, and referral to mental health providers, if necessary.
If you continue to feel overwhelmed by work stress, you may want to speak to a psychologist who can help you better manage stress and change undesirable behavior.