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How to handle workplace stress

21st July 2019

Do you dread the thought of Monday morning and the workload it brings? Most people at one stage or another will suffer from stress in the workplace but there are practical ways to manage it and even positive ways to make it work for you.

Here are a few tips on how to handle workplace stress:

Be realistic

Often we are our own harshest critic and put ourselves under undue pressure to be perfect. Anxiety and self-doubt lead to ineffectiveness. Realise that no one gets it right every time and do not be afraid to ask for help. Forget about others’ expectations and focus on working to the best of your ability.


Good organisation and time management are crucial to managing stress and coping with pressure. Set realistic weekly and daily targets, stay on top of paper work and keep your work space tidy and uncluttered. Be clear what your deadlines are and complete work accordingly. Working to a to-do list will keep you on track and give you a sense of accomplishment.

Take regular breaks

Planned breaks throughout the day will help keep your brain focused and stop you getting distracted. Where possible try to get some fresh air during your working day.

Learn to say no

Helping others is one thing but if it infringes on your own work load do not be afraid to say no. If you feel your boss is making unreasonable demands explain your schedule and ask them which tasks they would like to be given priority.

Create a healthy work/life balance

Often when we are stressed or under pressure the temptation is to cut ourselves off from the outside world. Making plans with friends and family will give you something to look forward to and keep you in a positive frame of mind. A healthy diet and physical exercise will keep energy levels high and prevent you from getting run down.

Talk about it

Letting off steam from time to time is necessary as a way of releasing tension but do not dwell on negative experiences or short comings. If you think a work situation could be improved schedule a meeting with your boss or superior to discuss your ideas.

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