Stress Series: How to Relieve Job Stress

We’ve all endured stress at work. Between the piles of deadlines growing on your desk, to those long, arduous meetings that cut into your ability to actually complete those deadlines, to the overpaid boss that just won’t leave you be – it’s no surprise how much stress can wear you down. This is why it is crucial for you to learn how to identify, address and relieve stress for the sake of your health and wellbeing. So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, here are a few great ways to help conquer your stress.

Choose Your Thoughts

Your thoughts have a profound effect on your body. Your mind controls how your body reacts, and that’s why it is imperative for you to be selective with them. Start to monitor your thoughts and any time you feel a negative, self-defeating or overwhelming bubble push its way in – substitute it for a positive thought. Think of a few memories or moments that ignite and invigorate you. Maybe it was that time you conquered that gruelling hike up a mountain, won an award, or first put your newborn to bed – it’s always helpful to have a few good thoughts on reserve.

Sit in Silence

One of the most profound ways to alleviate stress is by simply sitting in silence for at least ten minutes a day so that you can quiet your mind. Meditating isn’t something that has to involve chanting, crossed legs, or a cloud of incense. All it requires is for you to find a quiet space each morning when you wake up, and carve out ten minutes to prep your mind for the day ahead. Focus on your breathing and relax your whole body. If any thoughts enter your head, simply observe them without judgement and let them pass. This will help get you focused, centered, and start the day on a positive note.

Find Your Happy Song

If meditation isn’t your thing, then try music. As you wake up and get ready in the morning, find a few tunes that will lighten or invigorate your spirits and make you feel great. Blast them – though not too loud for those snoozing neighbours – to get your body and mind pumped.

Say “Yes” to Stress

No matter what way you choose to manage your stress, one of the most crucial factors is acknowledging that it exists. Until you do, you cannot address it as you cannot make choices about things you do not know exist. It’s okay to acknowledge your negative thoughts; it’s okay to dislike your job or feel overwhelmed. Saying “yes” to your stress, frustration, fear, or anxieties liberates you from the constraints of these feelings. Accept that much of what happens at work may be out of your control, but what you can control is how you think and respond to your environment.

Speak with a Therapist

Talking with a therapist can help you give a voice to the issues that are weighing you down, and equip you with the ability to identify your stressors at work and come up with healthy response mechanisms. Alternatively, speaking with a therapist may reveal that another job or career path entirely may be the healthiest, most fulfilling course of action.