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Reduce stress in the workplace to improve relationships

Feeling stressed out at work can make one want to pull out their hair!
Feeling stressed out at work can make one want to pull out their hair!
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Stress can play havoc on everything from health to relationships. It can play tricks on the mind and throw sensory perception into overdrive. With tight project time frames, looming deadlines and reduced staffing levels, it is no wonder a person feels a little stressed out in the workplace. Once someone starts feeling mental or emotional strain it is difficult to reverse. Here a few ways to handle this unwanted feeling.

Communication is the key to making any relationship successful, including those in the workplace. When an employee is feeling stress due to an excessive workload, it pays to speak up and let the boss know. It doesn’t make sense that one person does all the work while everyone else goes home early. A savvy employer will do whatever it takes to redistribute the projects throughout the department in order to reduce the stress level of the team.

Failing to take care of one’s personal well-being often leads to sleep problems, fatigue, headaches and even stomach and digestion issues. While the natural tendency is to do the exact opposite, getting regular exercise, making positive food choices, reducing caffeine intake and getting more sleep are just a few ways to relieve the common symptoms of stress. Making just a few small changes, even though it may feel “painful” at the time, will actually make one feel better in the long run.

Negative thoughts and behaviors are just a breeding ground for stress. Remember that many things at work cannot be controlled. Reacting in a positive manner over something that can be controlled is a far better use of one’s time. Squash those stressful feelings by planning in advance, setting realistic goals, being confident and optimistic.

Stress in life is inevitable, and no one will be able to escape it. In the workplace, it is a good idea to take a little time to prepare an action plan to work through those moments that trigger stress. Remember to communicate with the team, make good choices to ensure a healthy well-being, and react in a positive manner when things go haywire. Be flexible enough to just go with the flow so that that stress won’t have a chance to rear its ugly head and affect everyone else in the workplace.