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Simple tips of coping with stress at work

Updated on January 10, 2017

Stress is normal in the everyday work environment and cannot be avoided however much we may try. How stress is dealt with determines the overall result of the productivity at work. As high productivity is crucial in any work environment, strategies of coping with stress at work need to be employed.

Cool down

To cure a disease, you must first understand the symptoms. How do you know you are stressed at work? This is the point you feel overwhelmed, irritable and start being withdrawn from others at the workplace. The onset of it all is quite slow and you might fail to realize it. However, the longer the problem persists without attention; you start to feel that you are ineffective at work and do not derive any pleasure from the work you do.

Immediate attention is required at this stage and the easiest way to deal with the situation is by taking time to cool down. Embark on small things that will boost your spirit and increase energy to make you feel that indeed you can deal with the problems coming your way.


Simple exercise is a powerful stress reliever. When the body is stressed, chemicals such as cortisol and norepinephrine are produced. Simple exercise helps burn down these ‘bad’ chemicals which in effect lead to the production of endorphins. Endorphins are feel good chemicals in the body that help promote the feeling of elation and good moods. As you exercise, other chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin are released by the body. These chemicals help in relieving the internal moods that largely cause stress, negative self talk and pessimism and promote to a feeling of safety. Try to take a walk around the office block at lunch break rather than sitting at your desk.


The choice of food is also a factor that may lead to stress. Studies have shown that low blood sugar in the body may cause you to feel irritable and anxious. On the other hand, overeating makes you feel tired, mentally dull and physically slow. To avoid the above mentioned situations, it is advisable to take small spaced meals to ensure that our blood sugar stays constant and thus have the desired energy all round the clock.


We have heard this over and over again, but most people underestimate the value of sleep. Although stress can contribute to insomnia, lack of adequate sleep is dangerous to health, particularly with respect to emotional balance. As is recommended, try to get at least 6 hours of sleep, no matter how much you may have been stressed at work. A regular sleep schedule helps in reducing stress and promoting better health.

Improve emotional intelligence

In the work setting, very rarely will people use their emotions in positively and constructive ways. Emotional intelligence deals with learning to communicate with others at the work place in ways that draw people to you in the sense that makes people comfortable with you. This is one crucial factor that is checked upon when upper level managers are being chosen. Sharing of your frustrations, joys and general experience at the workplace is one of the best ways to combat stress that is not exploited. Rather than keep to you, share the problem with a colleague at the workplace, as is the common saying a problem shared is a problem half solved.’

Be positive

One of the best ways of coping with stress is breaking away from bad habits and working at creating synergy at the work place. By and by, you will note that you get more control over stressful moments, being able to think clearly and appropriately. Desist from seeking perfectionism at the work place and rather focus on doing your best. If there are things that you cannot change at the workplace, leave them as they are and instead focus on what you can change.

Laugh on it

Nothing beats stress better than a laugh over the issue. It is better to avoid being too serious about work and looking for humour in the work environment. Lighten the mood at work by sharing a joke or short story that will make people brighten up. In this, you will be best be coping with stress at work and enjoying work as it comes.


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