September 25, 2015

How to Manage Your Workplace Stress

by TrueNorth Desks

You’re 45 hours into your work week. And it’s still Thursday. It’s your day to pick up the kids, but all of this work isn’t going to do itself, so you’re going to be cutting it close. Then your boss walks in and hands you a folder. Just what you needed—a new project! Your stress levels reach an all time high, and you’re about lose it. Don’t let work stress get the better of you. It’s not good for your health, plus it will lead to burnout.

Here are a few ways to get your stress under control:

Identify the Cause of Stress
Workplace stress can come from a variety of sources—a difficult coworker (or boss), a challenging project, not feeling appreciated in your job, or uncertainty about your job prospects. Before you can even begin to deal with stress, identify what’s causing you to get yourself worked up. Often, we spend time stressing about things that we have absolutely no control over. We can’t make our boss decide to give us that promotion. We can’t control if that difficult coworker is going to be extra challenging today. Releasing the things outside of our control can go a long way towards reducing our stress level.

Change Your Viewpoint
If you are constantly looking at a work situation negatively, it’s going to affect your stress levels. Developing a positive outlook on a work situation is a great way to combat stress. If you get passed up for a promotion, instead of spending time worrying, spend some time (even a few moments) being grateful for what you do have. Then, figure out what you can do to set yourself up to get the promotion next time. Every time you feel yourself getting stressed about your job situation, use it as a reminder to put energy into the things you can do to change it. For some people, this is a pretty difficult concept at first. But like anything, after some practice it will get easier and feel more natural.

Take Care of Your Body
This is something we’re passionate about at TrueNorth. You wouldn’t use a 1990s computer, so why are you sitting at corporate furniture from the 1990s? Studies have shown using a standing desk or adjustable height desk daily has tons of health benefits. One definition of stress is, “A response of the body to any demand placed on it.” One of the best ways to improve your physical health in the workplace is by using a standing workstation.

Stop Comparing
It’s natural to compare yourself to your coworkers. Every employee is unique, and each person has certain skills. Focusing on the tools you don’t have is a recipe for frustration. Instead, remember what you bring to the table. You have your tools, and if they weren’t valuable, you wouldn’t be in the position you’re in. There are ways you can improve your skills, though. The Internet is great for this—if it’s an office skill (time management, computer skills, personnel management, etc.) there are YouTube videos, blogs and webpages to consult.

Using these techniques can help you focus on the things you can control. And when it comes to overall office health, good news! We can definitely help you there. Start here, with some of the finest ergonomic standing desks ever designed.

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