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How to manage your work related stress?

Updated on September 11, 2012

According to recent surveys conducted, more than 72 percent feel that work related stress actually hampers their personal life in some way or the other. Even more shocking is the fact that almost 30% of employees interviewed took stress relieving medications to ward off work related stress.

In the globalized world of today, we are working non-stop. On the way to work, on the way back from work, on a vacation, while having dinner, we are almost constantly thinking about work. This non-stop life can take a toll on our mental health, leading to stress and anxiety. If you have been suffering from work related stress too, here are a few tips that will help you manage work related stress better:

Learn to switch off

It is important to switch off from work everyday. Being constantly connected to office or colleagues for work related matters will lead to burnout. Learn to switch off once you are back from work. Do not take business calls at home and avoid discussing work with your colleagues on the way back from work. For those working from home, it is important to chalk up a schedule and try to stick to it. You need to have defined working hours even when you are working from home.

Manage your time

Many times, we get stressed because we did not plan our work schedule properly. Effective time management can help us get rid of most of our work related stress. Learn to prioritize your jobs and stick to a schedule when it comes to work. Avoid interferences at work too, and try not to indulge in office gossip. If you handle diverse work profiles, try to have different time slots for each profile during the day. For example, you could have a slot in the day when you are dealing with clients. And you could have another slot where you are completing all the backend work and managing projects.

Take frequent breaks

It is important to take frequent breaks in order to be relaxed and focused. Get up from your desk every hour and take a walk around office. Do not miss out on lunch and evening breaks by any means. Breaks let you de-stress and find your focus again.

Be realistic about your goals

Know your limitations. Never set your goals that you would find difficult to meet. Realistic goals are the first step to effective time management, and hence, lesser chances of work related stress. It is also important to learn the art of saying no. If you feel you won’t be able to take up more work, be forthright and say no. It will do you more good than harm.

Take a vacation

We all need a vacation every now and then to get away from it all and just enjoy life. Take a vacation with your family or friends and make sure you do not work during the vacation. No e-mails and no phone calls.

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