Stress-How to Deal with Work Stress

March 28, 2009 by  
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Stress usually occurs when one is placed in a situation that demands the impossible. Unrealistic deadlines and useless goals made by unreasonable bosses are common in work scenarios. However, those who find themselves stuck in these situations can still possibly find stress relief.

Several stress relief exercises exist for symptoms of stress that could work as ultimate cures in the long run. Since the effects of stress include shallow breathing, muscle tension, and a compromised immune system, actions must be taken instantly in order to fight it.

For stress relief, slowly take a couple of deep breaths, just to allow your chest to expand; this will result in stress relief in the tension in your body. Also stretch your shoulders and arms, then work your head, then flex your calves.

Work the processes in your mind, as well. Stress tends to destroy one’s focus and concentration, in turn decreasing one’s memory retention. The irritation of stress may even cause one to shift the focus on anger instead.

While concentrating on your deep breathing, keep your eyes closed and try to meditate for a few minutes to let the outside world dissolve. It is important not to focus on the stress and anger that you may be feeling, but to focus instead on a pleasant image, such as a child, a pet, a sport, anything that may work best for you.

After you take care of the symptoms of stress, go to the main root of the problem.

For those who have decided to start their own businesses, an entire set of challenges comes with them. Work will come with a set of long hours with hardly any recognition. Without external rewards, however, the internal rewards come aplenty in the form of satisfaction of being in charge of everything. This usually keeps those people working.

A lot of people still work with the hope of achieving positive changes in the company they currently work in. Merely being able to partially succeed in doing so serves as a satisfaction for these people, as they know that they are at least trying to do something about their unpleasant situation.

Your choices when it comes to work are to transfer jobs within the company or hope that the unreasonable manager will leave. Keep in mind that things in companies change almost every half a year, so this isn’t an impossible hope.

While waiting for stress relief, however, try to focus on the process itself rather than the results you hope to receive. Be realistic as to what you can control and what you cannot; what you cannot control should not matter too much. Instead, find people in the same stress position as you and don’t bother with the others as much.

Feel free to let out some steam with your close friends and relatives outside of work to deal with stress. But stay focused when actually at work for optimum results.