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Work can really put a lot of pressure on you. Sometimes it is the deadlines, the workload, a demanding boss, or a colleague who is getting to you; there are just so many things that can contribute to your meltdown. When you’re beginning to feel strained, fed up, or even a little grumpy, you need to take a time out. Find out what you can do to make things more bearable, if not better. Work stress can have a significant effect on your performance, health, and overall life, another reason why you should take an active approach in dealing with it. Don’t let stress run your life.

Here are some Tips for Managing Stress at Work

Hang out with friends after work

If you work hard, reward yourself and play hard as well. Do yourself and your colleagues a favour, hangout with friends in the pub after a stressful day at work. Drink some beer, let off some steam, and maybe play some darts or pool. Having a short break, before heading home will help you relax and forget about your frustrations at work. Remember, life is all about balance so to de-stress; you need to compensate yourself by chilling out once in a while.

Communicate with your boss

Getting upset with your boss because of all the work you are getting can cause a lot of unnecessary stress. Letting those frustrations stew up inside of you isn’t going to make things better. The best solution is to calm down, make a case, and talk to your boss. Let him or her know that that there are issues with your workload and any trouble meeting the deadlines. Make sure you have sufficient evidence or reasons to convince your boss to lighten up on you. Talking will open the bars for negotiation, and your boss will appreciate your candour. Being pressured at work can affect your performance, so it’s best you speak up before your boss calls you into their office to complain about your performance.

Make a not-my-concern (not-to-do, whichever you prefer) List

When all your work is starting to overwhelm you, one of the things you can do is cross out things that aren’t important and urgent. Sure, you can create a typical to-do list, but the mind set you have when making a “to-do” list is to try and accomplish everything. When you create a not-my-concern list, your mind starts to think about the tasks that could be ignored, postponed, or delegated. This will free up lots of time that could be better spent in urgent tasks, like the files your boss needs that afternoon! You can see a clearer picture of what you need to accomplish before the day ends. A not-my-concern list will make you feel in control of your time.

Go on vacation

If all else fails, the best medicine to de-stress is to go on vacation. Plan a trip with your friends or family and enjoy some time away from work and all the stress it comes with. Just remember not to bring any work related stuff with you! Consider going to a beach where you can chill and surround yourself with nature. A breath of fresh air can go a long way in restoring your energy.

Handling your stress at work may seem impossible, but really, it is all about staying in control. Blowing up and getting angry isn’t going to make anything better. Relax. Breathe. There’s still time to work tomorrow.

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Paul Bailey

Paul is a highly experienced Business Coach, Mentor and Personal Development Specialist. He works with people to enhance business and personal performance through a process of supported self-awareness and self- development. Paul is the Co-Author of the book 80 Tips.