Does work leave you feeling like you want to bang your head repeatedly on your desk? Don’t. Trust us, that rarely goes well. Take a deep breath and read our expert tips for beating stress. For good.
Nation of stress heads
Not surprisingly, the Stress and wellbeing in Australia survey 2013, by the Australian Psychological Society (APS), showed stress levels in the workplace continue to rise every year, with nearly half of working Aussies rating issues at work as a source of stress.
Couple those numbers with significantly lower levels of wellbeing and job satisfaction, and you’ve got a society full of nail-biters who are literally sick from stress at work. *Books in for a lunchtime yoga class*
One of the leading causes of all this anxiety? According to the research, not being appreciated or valued by your colleagues and boss is to blame.
Many workers surveyed reported rarely receiving kudos for their efforts. Not cool, huh? Other stress triggers include having too much work, office mean girls, not feeling involved in the job, and getting enough paid work. Aussies aged 18 to 35 said they were worried about paying for essentials ‘cos they were uncertain of their job future. Sound familiar to you?
The physical effects of stress
While it might be natural to have some stress in our lives, office woes could lead to serious anxiety issues and could hold you back from reaching your goals.
“Lack of confidence can exhibit itself by individuals suffering from anxiety, displaying negative body language, avoidance of certain activities or situations, withdrawal from situations, depression, overeating and drug or alcohol abuse,” says career expert, Melissa Johnston from Suzie Plush Consulting.
It’s not all doom and gloom, ladies. There are ways to nix stress in the workplace:
– Identify the root cause of the stress and eliminate the stressor(s) if possible. We all have peaks and troughs in our work lives, but if your stress is ongoing, it’s time to sit down and analyse why this is occurring.
– Delegate work to your colleagues and don’t be afraid to politely say “no” to extra work when your schedule is already full.
– Prioritise and organise your day first thing in the morning. Tackle those tasks that are important first and deal with less important tasks later in the day.
– Be sure to get out of the office during the day, even for a quick walk around the block to clear your head. This will help to reduce stress and recharge your batteries.
– After work, be sure to dedicate time to do the things that you enjoy, like yoga, meditation, the gym, watching a movie or reading a book on the couch.
If you’ve experienced stress for a while and are showing symptoms of depression, it’s best you seek professional help or counselling.