The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) describes job stress as “the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker.”
Stress from the workplace can cause problems at work as well as issues that can extend to the home-front. Stressed workers are less likely to exercise, eat well and take care of their health in general. This can lead to health problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, stomach issues and lack of sleep.
Many companies offer stress reduction programs but it is always a good idea to monitor employees for signs of significant stress. Helping an employee manage their stress will not only help their work performance but may also improve their health.
Consider the tips below for managing workplace stress:
Know Yourself – Be aware of what your stress triggers are so you can try to manage them.
Recognize How you Deal with Stress
Set Rules For Yourself Regarding Phones/Devices at Home
Keep a To-Do List, Prioritize the List
Take Responsibility for Yourself and Your Actions
Take a Break - Even a short walk or breathing break can help
Take Care of Yourself – Eat, sleep, exercise well.
Try to Change Negative Thinking
Learn to Manage Conflict
Ask for Help – There is nothing wrong with asking for help if you are feeling overwhelmed.
Check with your Human Resources Department to see if there is a stress reduction program in place or even an Employee Assistance Plan that can help. Managing your workplace stress is important to your overall health and well-being.
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