Stress in the workplace nowadays is an all too common phenomenon that affects almost all of us at some point. Stress from work seems to be increasing, working hours are being lost and it is damaging workers health mentally and in some instances psychically too. While many employers are aware and keen to help employees reduce stress from work it is important to take control of your own stress and anxiety regardless of what your employer may offer. Stress regardless of its source affects every area of your life. Learning how to cope and deal with stress induced from work is key if it is not going to affect your performance and your personal life too.
By reducing your work related stress you should expect to see improvements in absenteeism through sickness, increased job satisfaction, higher levels of motivation, increased attention, better decision taking, more creativity and better relationship skills with colleagues. You owe it to yourself and your life to understand your own stress and do whatever you must do to reduce it. With improved understanding and control over your work related stress you could potentially further your career and have more successes, not just at work but throughout your life.
One of the most important factors when dealing with stress is recognising that you are starting to feel anxious and stressful about a situation, a deadline, goal or similar. Mindfulness helps with this by encouraging you to be more aware of your feelings and emotions in the present moment. Once you have the skills to notice how your emotions and feelings are changing, you can make changes to help cope or reduce these feelings.
As regular mindfulness practice helps calm your mind allowing you to see things with greater clarity it should reduce the impact of stressful situations which should help you make better and more confident decisions. This is not to say you won’t suffer with stress as we all do at some point but mindfulness teaches us that it is a feeling that will pass in time if we accept it without giving it too much focus. Mindfulness also teaches us that stress and anxiety are often rooted and multiplied in our own thoughts and that they are just that, only thoughts. Many stressful and anxious feelings rise from perception instead of the reality of the situation.
Mindfulness helps you understand your own personal relationship with stress and what triggers your stressful feelings and what causes them to rise. Mindfulness also encourages compassion and empathy for yourself as well as others at work. As you practice mindfulness, the way you approach life including work will change helping you to become less prone to stress but there are many small mindfulness techniques that you can practice at work when you are starting to notice the stressful feelings bubble up.