Quick Tips for Handling Stress at Work

The only two things you can control at work are yourself and how to handle stress

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“The time to relax is when you don't have time for it,” as famous American journalist Sydney J. Harris once said. Some professions and workplaces are more stressful than others, but none has to be nerve-wracking up to a point where you want to scream and break every piece of furniture in the office.

The excessive tension and pressure will eventually take a toll on your physical and mental health with upset stomach, headaches or migraines being only a few of the possible side effects. This can interfere with your ability to do your job or maintain social relationships, and the vicious cycle of stress, poor performance and lack of confidence continues. Breaking the pattern can be the difference between success and disappointment.[slideshow:82998]

“Chronic stress, which is really about our inability to better manage our thoughts and emotions, would be the primary or even the sole reason why we aren’t able to move toward our goals,” John Kalinowski, life coach and mindfulness experts, says.

The main causes of anxiety at work is overload, issues with colleagues and work-life balance and job security, according to the American Institute of Stress. “The common thread among most stressors is how we’re managing those stressors,” Kalinowski adds. The only aspect of your work environment that you have control over is your own situation. “In work, and in life, we have much more control over how we manage the stressors than over the stressors themselves.”

Research has shown that 80 percent of workers feel stress on the job, nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress, and 42 percent say their coworkers need such help. Don’t become a statistic. There are easy and tips you can follow to avoid to regain your sanity.

“We do not have to be a victim to external stressors,” Kalinowski says. “Each of us has the power to manage our stress differently, and therefore improve our quality of life. Stress is something we can start managing better right now, if we approach it from the inside out, instead of the outside in.”

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