In many ways these tips are as relevant at home as they are at work--
when you look at the tips...imagine how they can be applied in both areas.
We sometimes treat strangers with more respect than
we treat co-workers (OR FAMILY !!!)
LEARN HOW TO MANAGE JOB STRESS
Taking responsibility for improving your physical and emotional well-being.
Avoiding pitfalls by identifying knee jerk habits and negative attitudes that add to the stress you experience at work.
Learning better communication skills to ease and improve your relationships with management and coworkers.
TIP 1: RECOGNIZE WARNING SIGNS OF EXCESSIVE STRESS AT WORK
Signs and symptoms of excessive job and workplace stress
Feeling anxious, irritable, or depressed
Apathy, loss of interest in work
Muscle tension or headaches
Loss of sex drive
Using alcohol or drugs to cope
Common causes of excessive workplace stress
Fear of being laid off
More overtime due to staff cutbacks
Pressure to perform to meet rising expectations but with no increase in job satisfaction
Pressure to work at optimum levels all the time!
TIP 2: REDUCE JOB STRESS BY TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF
Make food choices that keep you going
Low blood sugar can make you feel anxious and irritable, while eating too much can make you lethargic. By eating small but frequent meals throughout the day, you can help your body maintain an even level of blood sugar and avoid these swings in mood
Drink alcohol in moderation and avoid nicotine
Get enough sleep
TIP 3: REDUCE JOB STRESS BY PRIORITIZING AND ORGANIZING
Time management tips for reducing job stress
Create a balanced schedule. find a balance between work and family life, social activities and solitary pursuits, daily responsibilities and downtime.
Dont over-commit yourself. Avoid scheduling things back-to-back or trying to fit too much into one day. All too often, we underestimate how long things will take. If you've got too much on your plate, distinguish between the "shoulds" and the "musts." Drop tasks that aren't truly necessary to the bottom of the list or eliminate them entirely.
Try to leave earlier in the morning. Even 10-15 minutes can make the difference --Dont add to your stress levels by running late.
Plan regular breaks.
Task management tips for reducing job stress
Break projects into small steps.
Be willing to compromise. find a happy middle ground that reduces the stress levels for everyone concerned.
TIP 4: REDUCE JOB STRESS BY IMPROVING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Learn to Recognize Hidden Stress
practice self-control and self-confidence by understanding and practicing emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is about communicating with others in ways that draw people to you, overcome differences, repair wounded feelings, and defuse tension and stress.
Emotional intelligence in the workplace:
Self-awareness The ability to recognize your emotions and their impact while using gut feelings to guide your decisions.
Self-management The ability to control your emotions and behavior and adapt to changing circumstances.
Social awareness The ability to sense, understand, and react to other's emotions and feel comfortable socially.
Relationship management The ability to inspire, influence, and connect to others and manage conflict.
The five key skills of emotional intelligence
Realize when youre stressed,
Stay connected to your internal emotional experience
Recognize and effectively use the nonverbal cues, such as eye contact, facial expression, tone of voice, posture, gesture and touch.
Develop the capacity to meet challenges with humor.
Resolve conflict positively. When handling emotionally-charged situations, stay focused in the present by disregarding old hurts and resentments, connect with your emotions, and hear both the words and the nonverbal cues being used. If a conflict cant be resolved, choose to end the argument, even if you still disagree.
TIP 5: REDUCE JOB STRESS BY BREAKING BAD HABITS
Eliminate self-defeating behaviors
Resist perfectionism. No project, situation, or decision is ever perfect, so trying to attain perfection on everything will simply add unnecessary stress to your day.
Clean up your act. If youre always running late, give yourself extra time. file and throw away the clutter, Make to-do lists and cross off items as you accomplish them, Plan your day and stick to the schedule.
Flip your negative thinking. think positively about your work, avoid negative-thinking co-workers, and pat yourself on the back about small accomplishments, even if no one else does.
Dont try to control the uncontrollable. focus on the things you can control such as the way you choose to react to problems.
Five Ways to Dispel Stress
Take time away. take a quick break and move away from the stressful situation. Physical movement or finding a quiet place to regain your balance can quickly reduce stress.
Talk it over with someone. sharing your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust can help reduce stress..
Connect with others at work.
Look for humor in the situation.
TIP 6: LEARN HOW MANAGERS OR EMPLOYERS CAN REDUCE JOB STRESS
Share information with employees to reduce uncertainty about their jobs and futures.
Clearly define employees roles and responsibilities.
Make communication friendly and efficient, not mean-spirited or petty.
CONSULT YOUR EMPLOYEES
Give workers opportunities to participate in decisions that affect their jobs.
Consult employees about scheduling and work rules.
Be sure the workload is suitable to employees abilities and resources; avoid unrealistic deadlines.
Show that individual workers are valued.
Offer rewards and incentives.
Praise good work performance, both verbally and officially, through schemes such as Employee of the Month.
Provide opportunities for career development.
Promote an entrepreneurial work climate that gives employees more control over their work.
CULTIVATE A FRIENDLY SOCIAL CLIMATE
Provide opportunities for social interaction among employees.
Establish a zero-tolerance policy for harassment.
Make management actions consistent with organizational values.
see the source article at HelpGuide.org
please click on the link below: www.helpguide.org/mental/work_stress_manag
Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 2/3/2012 (17:34)
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