According to a 2016 survey, more than half of Singapore employees felt that workplace stress had increased in the preceding six months. The main causes of these were found to be office politics, workload and lack of support.
Some stress can be good, but too much of it can affect your physical and mental health. Headaches, nausea, muscle pain, depression and problems sleeping are common for people consumed by prolonged stress. It is important to act early before the effects get out of hand. Here are some simple ways to start.
- Try an open, honest talk
While overwhelmed and stressed out by work, it is easy to forget that you are not alone. If it’s office politics or extra work that is bothering you, talk to someone you trust or the company’s confidence . Be honest and transparent, but be constructive with your feedback.
The objective is to find a solution together. Remember that it’s in your company’s interests for you to be stress-free and productive.
- Search for the endorphin buzz
If you are drowning in work, you might be sitting at your desk for long periods of time. But don’t make it worse by avoiding physical activity outside office hours. Exercise helps your body release endorphins, which create positive feelings (like the “high” after a run) to counter stress. Find an intense physical activity to engage in, like running, dancing or kickboxing.
- Find a sideproject
It’s not just your body — your mind needs nutrition as well. Engage your mental faculties in a project that is not work-related and deadline driven. Try a new hobby like painting or baking — or take up golf. Perhaps you could volunteer for a cause?
- Take a break
In the middle of a stressful period at work, you might feel that there is no end or break in sight. Make one for yourself by planning a holiday and mark your calendar. Counting down the days should motivate you to get through the next few weeks of work.
Life is too short to spend half your day stressing about your job. With some simple steps and mental tricks, you can manage your stress levels and take care of both your physical and mental health.
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