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5 Smart Ways To Make Any Job Less Stressful

Any job can be stressful for a number of different reasons. It could be growing demands at the place of work, pressure to perform well and even squabbling with co-workers. This can leave you feeling stressed out and greatly de-motivated. There are five ways that you can reduce your stress levels no matter the kind of work you do. Below are 5 ways to make any job less stressful.

1) Change your mindset

Job stress can also be brought on by the way you perceive your situation. Beating yourself up about your performance or receiving criticism from your boss are all factors that can contribute to a negative mindset towards work. Instead, focus on being positive and celebrating the areas where you perform well and manage both internal and external negative influences. One can achieve this through breathing exercises, as well as knowing how to identify and manage negative emotions.

2) Take good care of yourself

Stress at the place of work can easily make you unwell both physically and psychologically. It is therefore important to seek professional help from psychologists and doctors if stress is affecting your mental or physical well being. Also taking up relaxing hobbies during your free time is a great way to relieve work related stress. Whether it is chatting with friends, playing golf, yoga or watching TV; you need to take care of your personal well being outside of the place of work. Taking up exercises like going to the gym or jogging can also increase your resilience to stress.

3) Resolving your concerns

This means taking a problem-solving approach towards your concerns. If there is a new project stressing you out, seek guidance on how you can best be able to complete the task at hand. If you are having problems with a co-worker, look for ways to resolve the conflict and move forward. Most of the concerns that contribute to job stress can easily be addressed. You only need to be proactive in identifying and resolving the problems causing you to be stressed.

4) Practice being thankful

When you constantly focus on the negatives, it is easy to miss the many positives that are actually right there in front of you at the workplace. Learn how to be thankful for the little and big things that happen at work. Even when it is something as seemingly trivial as the boss making sure that there is always bottled water at the office. Make a list of the things that you are grateful for every single day and you might be surprised at the list you will have at the end of the day.

5) Choose your crowd wisely

The people you surround yourself with at the place of work can seriously impact your perspective and attitude towards your job. Avoid the company of serial complainers who are constantly whining about something. Instead, hang out with people that are relaxed, fun to be around and supportive. You can receive a lot of moral support from your work friends when faced with a difficult project or huge workload. These are a few simple steps that you can take to make your job more gratifying, as well as help reduce your stress both at work and outside.

This article was written by Naomi Crutchsfield. She is a Human Resource Manager with special interest on managing work-life balance. She also offers job search tips to help job seekers and recommends this website for latest vacancies in South Africa

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