Reducing Your Stress At Work
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Reducing Your Stress At Work

Numerous studies have proven that workplace stress is by far the greatest source of stress in Canadian adults.

Moving your way up the corporate ladder undoubtedly comes with a lot of reward, but increased responsibilities and a heavier workload can also result in elevated stress levels as you learn how to manage your new role. In order to continue to be an effective team member within your company, you need to learn how to reduce the amount of stress you experience at work.

5 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Stress at Work

1. Be direct when you communicate with colleagues and clients. Being direct will save you a lot of time and energy, which you can apply to other projects. Take five minutes to read over emails you are ready to send and always have a quick agenda outlined for meetings and phone calls. These simple things will help your team enjoy a streamlined and efficient workflow.

2. Disconnect, unplug, and decompress. Technology is contributing greatly to the fact that people are working longer hours and spending more time on their smartphones and tablets when they are off the clock. There are definitely going to be times when you may need to respond to work related issues when you are out of the office, but the key is to minimize those occasions where you are glued to your smartphone until the early hours of the morning.

3. Don’t over-commit yourself. Avoid scheduling things back-to-back or trying to fit too much into one day. There is a big difference between increasing your responsibilities and taking on every single project that comes across your desk with a full head of steam. Piling on the work will not make you look like a superstar if you fail to meet deadlines or turn in a sub par result.

4. Don’t try to control the uncontrollable. Many things at work are beyond your control— particularly the behaviour of other people. Rather than stressing out over them, focus on the things you can control such as the way you choose to react to problems or difficult situations.

5. Flip your negative thinking. If you see the downside of every situation and interaction, you’ll find yourself drained of energy and motivation. Try to think positively about your work, avoid negative-thinking co-workers, and pat yourself on the back about small accomplishments, even if no one else does.

Managing your stress level doesn’t require a total lifestyle overhaul. Even small things can lift your mood, increase your energy, and make you feel like you’re back in the driver’s seat. Take one step at a time. As you make positive lifestyle choices, you’ll soon notice a reduction in your stress levels, both at home and at work.

By Samantha Collier

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About Samantha Collier

Samantha Collier is a well-respected social media specialist in the Canadian legal realm. An experienced practitioner of online social networking, Samantha also has experience working in-house in business development for a national IP firm, but has worked in marketing and client acquisition for over 13 years.

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