Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Combat Stress in the Workplace

By Alan Hartington

Be proactive - don't procrastinate or act passively. Expert on organizational psychology and health, Professor Cary Cooper states the, 'Feeling of loss of control is one of the main causes of stress and lack of well-being.' Cooper believes that feeling powerless over an outcome or future event can be as stressful as the actual situation itself. To counteract this we must therefore be proactive. If we are able to source the problem of our stress, it is often possible to methodically work out a plan of action to either aid it somewhat or work towards fixing the problem.

Expert on occupational stress, Professor Cary Cooper claims that the, 'Feeling of loss of control is one of the main causes of stress and lack of well-being'; doing nothing will only make problems worse. Passiveness or procrastination is undoubtedly the simple option, easy to fall back into if the problem faced seems out of control, but there is always a route to take that, if not solves the problem, helps to relieve the symptoms.

Taking time out to improve our social network and connect with friends and family can actually help to beat stress. Time spent enjoying yourself is time not focusing your energy on the problem that is causing the stress. This is something that will be beneficial in the long run. People who are able to lead full and fulfilling lives tend to feel less affected when faced with a potentially stressful situation than those that don't.

Applying limitations to the amount of work and overtime taken on can also relieve the onslaught of chronic stress. While the odd extra hour or weekend is relatively harmless, excessive pressures caused by work can be damaging both physically and mentally. If the extra money isn't imperative, try not to agree to overtime to gain extra brownie points if you're already feeling the effects of stress.

Create timetables, make lists, brainstorm, whatever your technique organise your time. Planning time effectively helps you to get more tasks completed, from crucial to niggling task. Preparing reasonable goals for yourself to achieve to progress in some way to dealing with the root problem causing the stress, helping you to regain the all-important feeling of control.

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