20 Tips to Cope with Stress in the Workplace

The modern workplace can feel uncertain, chaotic, busy and volatile. Increased workloads, shorter deadlines and amplified pressure to succeed can leave many of us feeling stressed out.

The Resilience Institute of South Africa provides with you some tips to help manage your stress levels in the workplace.

#1 Stop telling yourself that you feel stressed. Instead, tell yourself that you are facing challenges. Language is powerful!

#2 Ensure that there is clarity. There is nothing worse than vague instructions. Ensure that you know exactly what is expected of you.

#3 Leaders in the workplace should be role models and should know how to manage their negative emotions in a constructive way.

#4 Remove all clutter from meeting rooms and ensure that all devices are switched off or on silent. Taking away distractions is a good way to stay engaged and positive.

#5 Take micro-breaks. Whenever your mind is feeling cluttered, take a tea or coffee break. Get outside for a walk and natural light if it is possible.

#6 Plan your day effectively to reduce the number of unwelcome interruptions.

#7 Keep meetings concise and to the point. People have short attention spans so don’t draw meetings out too long.

#8 Keep a few hours of the work day ‘free’, as to allow for unexpected tasks to be completed.

#9 Messages and emails can often be sources of distress. Limit the amount of time you spend replying, by dedicating emailing sessions a few times a day.

#10 Complete one task at a time.

#11 Apologise. If you have made a mistake, don’t be too proud to apologise. It will clear your mind.

#12 Be empathetic. Put yourself in the shoes of your co-workers and treat them as you would like to be treated.

#13 Understand conflict resolution. Any workplace is bound to have conflicts, but if you can be mature about conflict resolution, they are likely to be resolved quickly.

#14 Get enough sleep. Sleep plays a huge part in your overall mental health and daily productivity.

#15 Practice research-based resilience methods such as breathing techniques, self-control and relaxation.

#16 Smart switching. Switch off from work when you get home and focus on your personal life.

#17 laughter is important. Companionship and laughter in the office is a good way to relieve stress.

#18 Be communicative with colleagues. It’s important to have a good report with your colleagues and let them know how you are feeling.

#19 Eat healthily. An 8 hour work day can take its toll. Ensure that you are eating healthy food and drinking enough water to get you through the day effectively.

#20 Work in high-energy bursts, followed by short breaks to keep your mind engaged and active.

At the Resilience Institute of South Africa, we believe that the workplace should be a place of calm and comfort. Our resilience training programs create teams that are happier, more balanced and productive.