At some point, everyone has had to deal with work-related stress. Even if you love your job, it will surely have some stressful elements. Initially, it could just be the pressure to meet a deadline or fulfil a challenging task. But if the stress is long-lasting, it can be overwhelming and harmful to your mental and physical health.
Unfortunately, chronic stress is common. A survey conducted by AIA Vitality in 2017 on Singapore’s Healthiest Workplace found that most Singaporeans (43%) suffer from work-related stress and 60% of Singaporeans did less than 150 minutes of physical activity per week. The survey also concluded that 1,162 employees had long working hours, of which 14.3% did not take breaks at work.
While work is an important aspect of maintaining your financial health, it is also important to keep a check on your physical and mental well-being.
So, How Can You Reduce Your Stress Levels?
- Have a hobby: Hobbies are great for people who need to take their mind off work. Chess, painting, learning to play an instrument, photography – it can be anything that lets you take a break from work. Getting to know new people through your hobby or practising something on a daily basis are great energy boosters and can help you to relax.
- Exercise regularly: The best way to de-stress is by exercising regularly. Go for a run or join a yoga class. Exercising can improve your mood and release any stress or worries you are holding onto.
- Declutter your life: When you are taking a break from your daily routine, list out the things you are involved with and how much time you spend on them. If there are things that are taking too much time with no significant benefit to your life, cut them off. Make space for the things you love.
- Balance work and personal life: Most Singaporeans end up working while on vacations. This means the lines between your work life and personal life are blurred. Avoid working from home or on holiday, and dedicate your time off to yourself, your family and friends.
- Avoid alcohol: Do not unwind with alcohol as it can disrupt your sleep and make you less productive the next day. While a glass of wine or a couple of beers can sound relaxing, increased intake is harmful and can make you more stressed.
- Don’t dive in deeper: If things are not going as planned, we may think that dedicating more time to work is a good way to solve the problem. However, it is important to take small breaks in between tasks so that you can feel less stressed. Breaks help you relax and think clearly. It is also advisable to take a vacation once in a year to avoid burnout and work pressure.
- Don’t get involved in office politics: It may be fun to sit together with your office group and discuss management issues or play the blame game for something that went wrong, but doing it too often can leave you distressed. Gossip-mongering and office politics tend to create negativity, which is something you should definitely stay out of if you want a healthy work life.
- Don’t ignore the symptoms: Try to identify the early signs of stress to avoid mental health problems in the future. If you identify the causes at an early stage, you can tackle stress with ease. For instance, you can talk to your superior and come up with strategies to cope with the pressure. Alternatively, you can speak to a therapist who can give you tips to manage stress. Some people try to distract themselves by gambling or shopping, which can lead to bigger financial worries and serious addictions.
The most important step to deal with stress is to admit that you are stressed. At times, stress is seen as taboo in the country’s work culture, and many employees to try to cope by indulging in shopping, gambling or alcohol. This can eventually lead to financial issues and extreme addictions, leading to even more stress. Develop good habits that can help you to tackle stress. Doing it the right way will bring ensure that you can improve both your work life and personal life.
This article was written by BankBazaar.sg.
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If left unchecked, stress can build and negatively affect you in all areas of your life, including your performance at work and family life. With these 8 ways to cope with stress at work, stay on top of things so you’re always on your A-game.
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