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7 Telling Techniques to Handle Workplace Stress

By De-de Mulligan

As technology has progressed to make our life “easier,” most Americans are more stressed than ever, especially in our COVID-19 world! Workplace stress is considered the health epidemic of the 21st century, per The Huffington Post. What was supposed to help us work more efficiently and enable us to work outside the home has become the catalyst for more stress. We have tools to be faster, smarter, and in constant contact with our colleagues and customers, but with that comes overwhelming 24/7 responsibility.

 

Common Workplace Stressors
 

The American Psychological Association states the modern worker can attribute their stress to the following causes:

  • Unclear objectives
  • Lack of support
  • No control over job-related decisions
  • Uncontrollable workload
  • Uninteresting tasks
  • No opportunity for growth
  • Low pay
     

Not having control over these areas in the work environment is causing undue stress. There are ways to cope; however, that can help you take back control and alleviate stressors. The first step is to acknowledge that you are stressed and commit to addressing it better.

 

Learn to Control Stress
 

Next, you must be deliberate with how to go about your workday, minimizing stressors, and taking back control. Stress is not going to disappear. Like anything in life, if something is not right, you must determine what it is and then deal with it appropriately. It may always be the “monster lurking in the corner” if you let it “get you,” which is entirely up to you.

Minimize stress by working on personal aspects of your life first and then the logistics of the workday.

 

Be mindful

 

  1. Take care of your health by eating right and sleeping well.
     

  2. Don’t forget about your personal life, garner friendships that will help you feel better, and provide a sounding board, even if it is over Zoom, FaceTime, or a phone call. 
     

  3. Take a moment for yourself throughout the day to meditate.
     

  4. Remember the big picture -- you don’t have to “love” your job, but “love” what your job provides (i.e., financial stability, intellectual stimulation, engagement with others), especially in today’s job market.
     

  5. Set aside time to focus on tasks; don’t allow co-workers or children to continually interrupt you, and make sure to let clients know when you will follow up with them.
     

  6. Be honest with your direct supervisor and seek help where you need it. Be sure to check out your Employee Assistance Plan to see what services it can provide.
     

  7. Set expectations with co-workers; how you like to communicate (i.e., email, phone, text), when you will get back with them regarding tasks or input when you require focus time and would not like to be disturbed.
     

Stress will never totally disappear. It is the condition of the modern worker, after all. But, you can utilize these techniques to control how much it negatively affects the workday. Start with yourself and then incorporate coping strategies throughout the day to keep your workday running as stress-free as possible!

 

Mulligan Management Group Can Help Reduce Your Stress Regarding Digital Marketing
 

We can help your organization handle the stress associated with updating your website, writing timely blogs, and keeping up with fresh content for your social media channels. We can identify how your organizational goals can be communicated online! Click on this link to schedule your free 15-minute consultation.

 

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