The journey of life can be stressful and demanding, I admit. It is even worse with modern day life. The workplace cannot be left out, it unknowingly becomes stressful if you fail to handle stress properly and make the best of it. The biggest mistake you will make is accepting that stress is a way of life. No, it isn’t. It may be unavoidable, but its negative effects can be curtailed.

Facts show that stress levels in the workplace are rising with 6  in 10 workers in major global economies experiencing increased workplace stress. For a short moment when stress creates awareness or notifies you of an emergency, it can be good. Wouldn’t it be better to take advantage of its goodness, rather than let things escalate?

The workplace may become stressful for several reasons. It could be the frustration of having to meet up with deadlines, it could be just the atmosphere. There are several health-related problems as a result of stress which includes; depression, heart disease, digestive problems, lack of sleep and so on. Stress can become overlooked by young professionals especially because they become so busy trying to attain career growth. I do not intend to go into the full studies of stress but to give you practical ways to reduce stress at work and in your life.

As you continue reading the contents of this blog, you will realize that most often, I will discuss on self-development on various aspects. This is because you will only bring out the best out of your career when you work on yourself first. That way, you will love what you do. At least I have learned few things this way, and still learning.

I will discuss in this article, ways to reduce stress and make the best out of it.

  1. Stop Complaining

The more you complain, the more you remember the situation stressing you out. So please, quit complaining. Complaining about a certain condition will not change anything. It can become so easy to see every reason to complain. I will be honest, I used to be very good at complaining until someone pointed it out to me. I tried to stop complaining for a week, the result was amazing. So I decided to continue.

Sincerely, it can become a daunting task. But here are easy ways to start;

  • Change the way you view life. When a person is complaining give a reason why it is not so bad after all. Just look for a reason, there has to be one! It could have been worse you know? Even if it is the worst situation, nothing worse than that can happen anymore, you already saw the worst, isn’t it?
  • Don’t be judgmental, just mind your business. Things will get better with time. Okay, honestly this will take time, but practice it every day and become conscious of yourself. Better still, correct others rather than passing out judgments.
  • Do what you expect should have been done. It could be that you need to meet up with a deadline, try to do it rather than complain. Make a difference, do the work better than your boss would have expected and become an expert over time. If it is something you cannot handle, discuss with your boss in a polite way. You are working as a team, remember! Do not bottle up your feelings.

Once you genuinely learn to stop complaining you will be able to work in a team, which is good for every organization and you will reduce stress.

  1. Take Breaks

When work becomes stressful and you cannot bear it, then you simply need a break. Know your limitations and make use of your breaks. An hour is enough to just relax, eat and maybe take a walk. If you are in a dark room, you may need sunlight. So open the blinds. Take time to breathe, take a walk.

  1. Make a To-Do List

When you have a lot of work to do, try writing it out in order of priority and tick each task as it is completed. This will help you know what is to be done and reduce unnecessary pressure.

  1. Laugh/ Smile

Laughter is the best medicine.

According to Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.

“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”

So rather than complain about work, laugh at the slightest thing and stay positive. Relax your mind. Laugh when it is necessary. Laugh at the feeling of stress trying to take its toll on you.

  1. Do something that is stressful but fun

We must all have heard of the benefits of exercising. I recently started exercising, it has been stressful but it is good for the health from studies and relaxes me.

Take up a hobby that can be distracting but is fun to you. Learn to make your hair or cut your hair,try handcrafts, practice painting,and so on. Doing it yourself “DIY” can be self-fulfilling and will help relax you. You can do this during your spare time.  

I will be glad to know what you have decided to try out.

  1. Keep your surroundings Clean

Ensure your desk area is always tidy and organized. This will help you concentrate better. It can be hard to focus in an untidy area. Keep your space free from clutter.  

  1. Listen to Music

Studies show that listening to music can help relieve stress. Possibly sing along and dance or jump if you want to. Just stay happy listening to music.

  1. Get enough sleep

According to Arianna Huffington,

The way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep.

Sleep well and relax your body. When you are done with work for the day, ensure to sleep well but not in excess. Avoid using your phone when you are in bed.

  1. Eat Healthy

Maintain a good diet and stay hydrated. This will help you think more clearly.

    10 . Bath/ Shower

Take time to pour water on your body (warm or cold), sometimes it can be a relief.

  1. Speak to Someone

If you are going through stress at work, try to speak to someone and share the problem. This should preferably be the human resources personnel at your workplace. Share your challenges and get solutions from a different perspective.

To attain individual or organizational goals, you have to reduce stress. I hope these tips will be useful to you. I keep practicing daily and encourage you to do so too. The workplace will be much more relaxing if stress is well handled. I will love to know how you manage stress too.

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