Identifying And Dealing With Stress At The Workplace


Stress is the feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure and it can be experienced anywhere and in several forms.

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Stress can manifest itself differently from one person to the other even though they are certain common traits of stress.

Due to the complexity of work, it is very possible for one to experience stress at any point in time. Stress at the workplace can have negative effects on one’s mental health and affect job performance.

In understanding what stress is all about , it is important to take note of the causes of stress .

Knowing the signs and causes of stress can help you treat it.

The following factors can contribute to a stressful situation;

  • Financial Problems.
  • Work.
  • Personal Relationships.
  • Parenting.
  • Daily Life and Busyness.
  • Personality and Resources.

Some Facts About Stress:

Stress is a hormonal response from the body and it has been established that women are more likely to experience stress as compared to men .

It is important to note that stress can overburden one’s mind with worries that cannot be controlled or managed .

In some situations, stress can make one feel very jittery and unable to concentrate on whatever activity one is engaged in.

Stress can also make one feel hot and sweat as well .

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Dealing With Stress:

Whenever one experiences stress at the workplace , there is the need to deal with it as living with high levels of stress puts one’s health and well-being at risk.

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Stress has the potential to cause havoc and destruction to one’s emotional equilibrium as well as one’s physical health .

It affects people in such a way that one may not be able to think clearly as expected.

  • Keep Pressure At Workplace On The Low :

One of the best ways in dealing with stress at the workplace is to ensure that pressure at work is kept on the low.

This is effectively done and achieved by setting boundaries between your personal life and life at the workplace. There should be no room for issues about one’s personal life to be entertained at the workplace.

  • Stick To Single Task Instead of Multi-Tasking

Multi-tasking has its positive sides by ensuring that multiple tasks are worked on at the same time to increase productivity.

In as much as it can be very useful at the workplace , multi-tasking can also lead to a lot of stress and affect one’s work and performance.

It is advised that one should concentrate on a single task at a time just to reduce stress. Having a day at the workplace and loaded with so much work can intensify one’s stress.

It is important to focus  on one task at a time and be efficient rather than multi-tasking which may be lead to inefficiency and stress too.

  • Compassion And Empathy Should Be At Play

Interactions at the workplace can be a contributing factor to a stressful situation .

Engaging in an argument at the workplace with a colleague can trigger a stressful situation  and as much as possible , interactions at the workplace should be done with compassion and empathy.

 Workplace experts say a good way to deal with co-workers who are stressing you out is by demonstrating good behavior and having empathy

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