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Ways to Beat Stress at Work

Ways to Beat Stress at Work

The secret is out: work is stressful. Even in your dream job, you’ll find that work has a way of adding stress and anxiety to your life. Tight deadlines, unrealistic bosses and impossible demands can make you feel drained, angry and stressed. Some people even have restless nights because of the stress work puts on them.

Ripping out your hair because of work isn’t the answer to your problems.

Every employee needs to find a perfect work-life balance in their job, and there are several ways to beat stress at work. Let’s take a look at 5 ways to overcome job stress and be a happier you.

1. Use Your Lunch to Exercise

Use Your Lunch to Exercise

    If you wear a suit to work or are thinking “this person is nuts,” just think about all of the time wasted at lunch. A quick 10 – 20-minute walk and a stretch in the bathroom stall or at your desk will cause your body to release endorphins.

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    What do endorphins do?

    Endorphins make you happy. If you’re stressed to your limit, you can quickly eliminate stress by getting moving.

    2. Go Out to Lunch

    Go Out to Lunch

      You’re in the heat of the moment, your emotions are high and you remain in the environment that is making you stressed; it’s no wonder why stress keeps piling on. What you can do to alleviate this stress is simply go out to lunch.

      A quick departure from work will allow stress levels to subside.

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      If you don’t have enough time to sit down and have a meal, pack a picnic basket and head to the nearest park.

      3. Don’t Overcommit

      Don’t Overcommit

        Employees have a sense of honor to their employers, and this isn’t a bad thing. But you also need to stop overcommitting. When you go above and beyond the call of duty, your employer will keep expecting the same dedication from you time and time again.

        Instead, don’t overcommit.

        Working night and day to get a project done shows commitment, but it can easily be taken advantage of by employers. Instead, be a committed employee that knows when to say “no.”

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        4. Learn to Schedule Your Day in Advance

        Learn to Schedule Your Day in Advance

          Scheduling out your day properly is the key to success as an employee. If you don’t learn to schedule your day properly, you’ll find that you have too much work; work you can’t handle.

          A tip from the most successful people in the world is to schedule your day or week in advance. When you make a schedule in advance, you know what to expect and can better prepare for your day. And you don’t have to worry about being overworked or stressed. Use a pen, a calendar and pad, a pocket calendar, an organizer or anything that will help to organize everything in a simplified manner.

          5. Take Regular Breaks

          Take Regular Breaks

            We live in a society that revolves around work. Our very existence is work-related. And while you may like to take the initiative to work through breaks and lunch, it’s better to take regular breaks. A regular break allows you to rest your mind and rejuvenate your creativity.

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            Regular breaks can be as simple as a coffee break away from your desk or as robust as a long vacation – you earned it. Try to getting up from your desk every half an hour.

            Even if you have the job you like, sooner or later you may face the problem of stress. If this occurs, you can adopt these several methods to deal with stress. In order not to run into a situation when you need to take emergency measures, try to avoid stressful situations. So take care of yourself, and the body will resist stress at work steadfastly.

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            5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

            5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

            When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

            What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

            The Dream Type Of Manager

            My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

            I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

            My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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            “Okay…”

            That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

            I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

            The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

            The Bully

            My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

            However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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            The Invisible Boss

            This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

            It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

            The Micro Manager

            The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

            Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

            The Over Promoted Boss

            The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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            You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

            The Credit Stealer

            The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

            Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

            3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

            Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

            1. Keep evidence

            Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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            Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

            Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

            2. Hold regular meetings

            Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

            3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

            Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

            However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

            Good luck!

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