Everyone who has ever held a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress. Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. In the short-term, you may experience pressure to meet a deadline or to fulfill a challenging obligation. But when work stress becomes chronic. Here are 14 steps to maintain psychological well-being at your workplace:
1. Time management: Effective time management is the key to mental health. Make it a point to disconnect from work on the weekends. It is important to set realistic goals, prioritize tasks and maintain a balance between demands of work, family as well as personal life. This is important to ensure a stress free life both at home as well as at work.
2. Accept Responsibilities: It is often tempting to give up certain roles when the workload increases. However, rather than running away from responsibilities, develop better coping mechanisms to face them to remain stress free.
3. Social Support at the workplace: Absence of social support could be a major source of stress at the workplace. Enjoy some time with your colleagues outside the office environment as well. Make an extra effort to build relationships, and they shall be for sure a good return for your efforts.
4. Healthy Lifestyle: A disciplined and healthy lifestyle is very beneficial in maintaining mental health. An adequate sleep, a proper diet, and regular physical exercise would help us stay both physically and mentally fit.
5. Avoid monotony: Many a times doing same kind of work could become very depressing. It is useful at times to alter the physical appearance of your work station. Rearrange your desk, make efforts to brighten the room, and also try and bring changes in your work routine.
6. Regular Breaks: It is important to allot "me time", allowing you to get refreshed. It is ok for you to have a do nothing in your to-do list. Listen to yourself, and take time out from work and family. Planning a short vacation could be one of the best ways to de-stress. It is important to keep aside some time for a recovery period along the way, to help replenish the energy being invested by you. This is not just a reward to give yourself for your efforts, but also a necessity for you to rejuvenate and take care of your own needs.
7. Keep it simple: Try and focus on one thing at a time. Maintain clear boundaries, and work towards short-term goals. Declutter your work space, and try to keep it simple, neat and tidy. Simplicity in your work environment would prevent distractions, and would help keep you motivated to work.
8. Focus on yourself: Instead of comparing notes with others, try to focus on your own performance. Despite of living in this competitive world, it is more beneficial to be focused on your own work and efforts, rather than trying to succeed over others. Remember your own goals and targets, and be motivated towards it.
9. Prioritize: There will inevitably be times when you have too many things to be done. Rather than getting flustered, reorder the priorities in your head, striking off the less important or urgent ones and focusing on the present instead. At times like this, it's important to take a step back and introspect on the reasons of our actions and why we want to achieve what we've wanted to.
10. Realistic Expectations: It is necessary to be able to remind yourself to be realistic in your evaluations, so that your decisions are based on objective facts rather than your faulty and unrealistic expectations. Always keep the external factors in mind, which are not in your control, to avoid experiencing chaos and confusion at the last minute.
11. Maintain clear boundaries: Not letting your personal life mix with your professional life though sounds quite an impossible quest, actually isn't so difficult to achieve. It is essential to ensure you have don't let your work spill into your home life as this is likely to have an adverse influence on your interpersonal relationships. At the same time, do not let your personal problems interfere with your professional responsibilities at your workplace.
12. Don't over-commit: Be aware of your limitations and also accept them. The goals that you set for yourself must be doable and achievable, without having excessively high or optimistic expectations from yourself. Take on only as much as you can handle, and it's ok for you to delegate tasks to others or to be assertive.
13. Use humor: If you make an effort to find opportunities to smile and laugh often, not only would this help lighten your mood, but it will also have a positive effect on the others around you. This is the cheapest and easiest stress-buster ever.
14. Enjoy yourself at work: Look for opportunities to laugh at, and humor is a great way to lighten the mood and relieve your stress levels. Being at work doesn't mean you cannot have fun!