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Workplace Stress and Stress Management

Stress is a state of mind and it is caused by our stream of thoughts - imaginations, fears, expectations and disappointments. In the office, excess work load, unrealistic targets, perpetual deadlines, friction with colleagues and hitler-like boss cause enormous stress and you wish you could flee away to a remote desert where no one lives and avoid an eventual heart attack. Experts opine that if you tackle your stress level effectively you can calm your mind and be cool and be controlled. This is done by tapping your hidden potentials and bringing up more - your aim, unfulfilled ambitions, ideas, future plans and beliefs in whatever job you do. It boosts your self-confidence, self-esteem, worth and makes you feel happy.

Delegation of Work
Martin Shain, an authoritative scientist who has done research in work related stress says “We underestimate our power as individuals to modify our environments”. Most of us think that we know our job better than anybody else and we alone can do it in the best possible way. We shun away from the idea of delegating the work to our subordinates, for we do not have enough confidence in their abilities; we underestimate their capabilities and assume they cannot independently handle the job. We are conveniently forgetting that, had they been more and they have to be given a chance capable, we would be their subordinates to exhibit their knowledge and skill and to accomplish the job as desired. Moreover we always believe that we are very much indispensable for the office, the house, the colony and the world. Remember that this world existed before our birth; and it will continue to exist.

Prioritizing the Jobs
It is a good idea to keep a ‘Things to Do List’ and prioritize these jobs and complete them one by one. Do not attend unsolicited phone calls, e-mails and even engage an unsolicited visitor during office hours. Have your lunch somewhere away from your desk, do not discuss official topics or office politics during tea breaks; get up from your seat and take a small walk and stretch your arms and take deep breathe.

Change in Attitude and be open
If you feel that you are not rewarded well for your perfect and standard work, develop your skills and switch to a place where you get recognition instead of complaining endlessly. Sherry Connolly, Director of the Centre for Spirituality at Work says “the key is to be open and alert instead of complaining about what’s wrong”. Don’t imagine yourself as a victim of your job. Start loving your job whichever it is.

Sorting Out Strained Relations
Try to make mental bridges and be open to admit your mistake if any, setting aside your ego. “If you have a confrontation, deal with it at once” says Bradette. Keep away from gossip, complain, office politics and backbiting. Experts say that only one fourth of your job irritates you. Discuss the problems with your boss and try to shift to another team or exchange some of the responsibilities with your colleague.

Upgrade your skills
Learn new skills and upgrade yourself; socialize with your friends and find new opportunities. Acquire more qualifications or learn some new computer program and be confident about your abilities and believe in yourself.

Learn to control your mind
Meditation, yoga, physical exercise, adopting a pet, participating in social service will bring new meaning to the life. Learning a new hobby will keep your mind occupied constructively and make you happy when you finish learning.

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