Long working hours and financial commitments can lead to work stress. If you’re too anxious, you’re not working at your best and this may lead to more stress. The team at Fremantle Counselling & Psychological Services can help you with job-related stress management. It’s best to nip it in the bud and follow these tips to reduce work stress.
Identify Your Triggers
Keep a log for a week or so and find out what your stress triggers are. Record what circumstances cause you the most pressure and how you deal with it. Identify changes in your mood and behaviour. Evaluate your work performance and whether or not it’s diminished.
Take a Different Approach
Think about how you could have reacted differently. If you’re feeling anxious about the slightest things, you need to take a step back and change your behaviour. A professional can help with changing these patterns and help you to manage your job-related stress symptoms.
Consider ways to reduce your stress at work. If you are feeling overwhelmed make a list of things you need to achieve and break them down to make them more manageable. Speak to your supervisor if you need help.
Recharge to Improve Your Productivity
If possible, get away from your workplace at lunchtime. Try and get outdoors for some fresh air. Don’t work through lunch. By taking a break you come back to your work re-energized and you’re ultimately more productive. If you have leave discuss taking some time off with your employer. You may also be entitled to stress leave. This may be just what you need to recharge and manage your job-related stressors.
Take Time to Relax
Different methods work for different people. You may wish to try yoga to learn how to relax. Find out what appeals to you for relaxation and take time out of your day to engage in this activity. This will provide relief for your work stress and anxiety.
Talk to Your Supervisor
Let your supervisor know what’s going on. They may be able to reduce your workload or help reduce your triggers in some way. If it’s a project that you’re struggling to complete assistance may be offered.
Get Some Support
Talk to friends or family about how you are feeling. Seek out a great listener; this support can make all the difference. If this is not enough you may wish to see a professional. Lacking a support network can make you more prone to work stress symptoms.
The first step in reducing your work stress is acknowledging that it’s affecting you. Make a record to recognise stressors and plan to take a different approach in tackling them. Make changes at work and get your supervisor involved. Recharge and take time to relax to increase your productivity. Most importantly talk to someone, whether it be family, friends or a professional. If work stress is affecting your quality of life please don’t hesitate to contact Fremantle Counselling & Psychological Services for professional help at (08) 9430 9533 or visit us at http://fremantlecounselling.com.au/.