3 Big Tips to Handle Work Related Stress

The higher you climb up the ladder, the more stressful your life becomes. As they say, with great power comes great responsibility. Hopefully these tips can help you handle the pressure.

1. Take care of yourself.

It’s easy to forget to take care of yourself when you’re working all the time. But if you’re off balance, you’ll become agitated, angry, and stressed more easily. As much as you can practice the following “self-care” tips, the better you will be able to deal with pressure at work:

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Find a way to relax.
  • Know your limits.
  • Schedule the day for periods of productivity and rest.

Another suggestion is to create a “stop doing” list. We all love our “to-do” lists. But, even if you’re busy, you probably have one or two bad habits that are sucking up time. Do you visit Facebook too much? Or watch TV regularly at home? Choose one habit that you’d like to get rid of, and try doing so this week. You’ll see just how much time gets freed up for you to pursue energizing activities outside of work, such as exercising, spending time with your family, reading a good book, or practicing a hobby.

2. Take care of your team.

The more people that you manage, the more your role is about cultivating the talent of your team rather than proving your star power. However, managing staff can be emotionally draining. Keep the following pieces of advice in mind as you prepare to supervise employees.

Imitate leaders who have inspired you. The best way to lead is through example. Think of supervisors you admired and try to model their behavior as best you can.

Be tough, but be human. When a worker is disappointing you, it’s easy to think they’re being lazy, unintelligent, or any other negative characteristic. But your employee is human too. Perhaps they have something going on at home. Maybe they’re a new parent. You never know what struggles your employee is going through outside of work: it’s important to approach your employees in a holistic manner, not just their work results. This way, you can ensure that they are supported in the right way to move forward.

Encourage your people.The more your employee feels like you support their future career goals, the harder they’ll be motivated to work for you. Make sure to check in them with continually to make sure their needs are getting met too.

3. Let go of your ego.

This is easier said than done. When someone attacks you, it’s easy to get into fight-or-flight mode. The next time you’re confronted at work, take a few deep breaths and remember the followings humility-inducing tips:
Focus on your actions rather than others’ reactions.
You always have the power to control how you act, no matter the circumstances.

Be comfortable in your own skin. The more confident you are, the more you’ll be able to receive feedback, including negative opinions, from others. Accept what your teammates have to say: feedback makes you smarter.

Change the story going on in your head. It’s easy to feel like a victim when you’re in the midst of conflict. But it’s important to remember that you don’t need to be the victim: you can be the peacemaker. It mostly requires letting go of the need to be right all the time. Yes, again, easier said than done. But the less you need to be right, the more productive you will see your team become. And after all, that’s the most important goal.

What helps you deal with work related stress? Share your advice with us in the comments below.

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