Workplace Stress

Running a small business can be stressful, and here are some tips to reduce and manage job and workplace stress to give you and your business the best chance of success.

While some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and impact your physical and emotional health.

People can’t control everything that goes on in the work environment and finding ways to manage workplace stress isn’t about making huge changes or rethinking career ambitions but rather about focusing on the one thing that’s always within your control: You!

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There are a variety of steps you can take to reduce your stress levels and these include:

Act Rather Than React
Sometimes, we experience stress when we feel that situations are out of our control. To prevent that, you have to identify the aspects of the situation you can control and aspects you can’t. typically, we are in control of our actions and responses but not in control of someone else’s tone or reactions.

Take A Deep Breath
If you are feeling overwhelmed or feel very tense and need to clear your head, a few minutes of deep breathing will restore balance. Simply inhale for five seconds, hold and exhale in equal counts.

Eliminate Interruptions
Emails, phone calls, pop ins, instant messages and sudden, urgent deadlines conspire to make today’s workers more distracted than ever.While you may not have control over the interrupters, you can control your response. for this you respond in one of three ways:
Accept the interruption
-cut it off, or
-diagnosis its importance and make a plan
You can also train those around you by answering email during certain windows, setting up office hours to talk in person or closing the door when you need to focus.

Schedule Your Day For Energy And Focus
Most of us think that if we work the full eight or ten hours a day, we will get more done. Instead, productivity goes down, stress levels go up and you will have very little energy left over. By scheduling breaks throughout the day to walk, stretch at your desk or do a breathing exercise, can help clear buildup of stress and rejuvenate.

Eat Right And Sleep Well

Eating badly and not sleeping well will stress your system therefore, it is advised that a low-sugar, high-protein diet is essential. If racing thoughts keep you from falling asleep or you wake up in the night and can’t get back to sleep, try a simple breathing trick that will knock you out fast:
-cover your right nostril and breath through your left for three to five minutes. 
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