Being Mindful of Stress

Many of us experience feelings of stress whether at work or in our private life. However not everyone realizes how much of an impact it can have upon their effectiveness at work.

Stress reduces our ability to concentrate and can make our interpersonal relationships with clients and colleagues difficult. It can leave us with a constant feeling of tiredness and perhaps even a desire not to be at work.

This can become a vicious circle where the need to work fuels stress which feeds the need to be away from work which causes feelings on concern and more stress.

Many people turn to their doctor for help with stress hoping that medication with solve the problem. Others turn to solutions such as alcohol.

The former can have side effects such as leaving you lethargic and the latter in the long run only increases the anxiety associated with stress. If neither of these methods work then what is the solution? There are three things that can improve your stress levels when at work and when not at work.

When at work

Having experienced the feeling of stress even travelling to work I know the importance of planning your day. It is best to do this the day before so that you go home each evening with a plan for the following day which hopefully allows you to switch off in the evenings.

Secondly take breaks during your day. Do not stay at your desk or in your office when you get a break. Even if it is just 10 minutes try to get outside, have a brief walk, see if you can find something to take your mind off things for a few moments. People watching is fine, sitting on a bench reading something light is also good. Make sure you have a proper break for lunch and once again do not stay in the work environment.

Any enlightened boss will know that a stressed worker is less effective so talk to them about the cause of your stress. If their is a particular aspect of your work that creates the most stress discuss it with them and see if you can agree a way to lessen you anxiety about the task.

When not at work

If at all possible try and leave work at your workplace even if it means staying a little longer to finish something so that your free time is your time. Exercise is excellent for combatting stress. Walking is absolutely fine and the method that I use. A half hour walk in a local park works wonders. Other people prefer to run, others to play a competitive sport such as squash or badminton. You will feel better because you have left work at the workplace and you have engaged with something different.

 

Finally try to plan to make effective use of your weekends and free time. Plan something for each weekend. If you just sit at home then your mind will drift back to your problems. Sunday nights are difficult for everyone but even more so if you are stressed. Find yourself a “Sunday evening” activity that will allow you to relax, enjoy the whole weekend and get to sleep.

So to recap, plan your days, take regular breaks and leave work at the workplace. When away from work find activities that give you some exercise and allow you to switch off.

 

Facts About Stress

Life can be beautiful but problems will be a part of our existence. In a perfect world, we want to live problem free, stress free and trouble free. The truth is that problems and how we deal with them plays a major role in every day living. We learn how to deal with each situation.

Stress levels can be measured by how a person handles it. One person can deal with stress much different than the person next to them.

It’s been reported that a problem like financial hardship creates stressful situations in a house hold which leads to arguments and disputes. Couples can feel the tremendous affect and can begin distancing from each other increasing the stress level. The distance and disconnect from your partner or significant other is just another situation added to the first problem of financial hardship. It’s like a domino effect.

Financial hardship can tie into an addition to the family. A new baby at a time when a person is more financially challenged can be extremely stressful.

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Everyday stress can also be caused by not having enough time. This alone creates a stressful situation when a person feels that there’s just not enough time in the day to complete their tasks. Spending more time at work, less time a home, or speeding to get to their destination. This situation again, can add to family stress. Not being able to manage our time can develop into a bigger and more stressful situation.

Coping With Stress

The manner in which people cope with stress can be a stressful situation in itself. It’s been reported that people develop bad eating habits increasing stress levels due to health reasons. Overeating increases weight gain due to this unhealthy habit creating a health risk and adding to stress levels. On the other hand, if a person starves during stressful situations it’s also a health risk.

In a situation where a person spends thousands of hours on the Internet at work and home, an attack on their computer can be devastating. It was reported in early 2014 that a file-encrypting ransomware program called CryptoWall infected over 600,000 computer systems. The cryptowall virus held 5 billion files hostage from computers creating a very stressful situation for those infected. The threat had been out since 2013 but had been overshadowed by CyrptoLocker. People lost money after being asked for ransom money to release files. The ransom ranged anywhere between $100 and $500. This is money that a victim may or may not have.

The day to day stress and the inability to deal with that stress can create mental health problems. A person can develop social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, drug addiction and even personality disorder. A person struggling with stress can also begin experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship problems and even learning disabilities.