Mental Health: 3 Ways That Can Help You Manage Stress At Work
by Julia Cavalheiro
Everyone who works knows how stress and anxiety are part of daily work life. With the pandemic and the necessity of working from home, things became more complicated. Trying to manage work with everything else can be very daunting, therefore, here are 3 tips to help you manage stress at work and improve your work life.
Our body and mind respond to a stressor by activating a physical reaction, increasing heartbeats, lack of breath, and many other symptoms. Over time these reactions can lead to a psychological syndrome commonly known as “burnout”.
Most people only try to change their habits or ask for help when the “burnout” reaches its breaking point. Therefore, here are some tips that can be used in your daily life to help manage stress at work and have a more balanced work-life.
Take time to yourself
Having time away from work is important to release some potential tension. Breaks of 75 to 90 minutes can help workers maximize their productivity. It is only necessary to see the availability of the activity that fits you the most.
Prioritize your attention
Making sure that you are spending time and energy with something that it’s possible to control is a big “game-changer”. Therefore it is important to organize the tasks and redirect your energy.
Set the reality level of your stress
Sometimes our minds create scenarios in our heads and therefore, lead to “overthinking”, which can generate a high level of anxiety in our bodies, developing negative physical and psychological feelings.
To try to minimize this situation, experts in soft skills advise writing on a piece of paper, first the moment that causes you stress. After that, you should write three words: definition, prevention, and remedy.
Firstly you should define what is the worst thing that could happen; secondly, write down what are the things that you can do to prevent the worst scenario; finally, write what things you can do to remedy the worst that happens.
To conclude, you should write the setbacks of that action/situation and think about the consequences in the long run. Most importantly is to put everything under perspective, gaining back control of your mind.