Managing Work-Related Stress in 2022

Managing Work-Related stress

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Are you finding it difficult to manage stress at work? If so, you’re not alone. Workplace stress is one of the top reasons for absenteeism and workplace accidents, and it can lead to burnout or even depression if left unchecked over time. But there are lots of ways that you can manage your stress levels at work so that they don’t get out of control. Here’s how:

Have a to-do list.

How to Stay in Control of Your To-Do List in 2021
Managing Work-Related stress

Having a to-do list is one of the most important things you can do for your productivity. It’s a way to keep track of everything that needs to get done, and it helps you prioritize so that you’re focusing on the most important tasks. You’ll feel less stressed out when you know exactly what needs to be done, so make sure that your to-do list includes all the tasks that need accomplishing in order for your project or task at hand to move forward smoothly.

Additionally, having an organized system for completing all these tasks will help reduce stress by reducing confusion about what needs to be done next. If there’s no clear plan for how things are supposed to happen, then there may be anxiety about whether any progress is being made at all! But with a clear plan laid out in front of you (on paper or digitally), it becomes much easier not only knowing where things stand but also seeing progress being made along the way–and this helps reduce stress levels as well!

Keep a record of how you spend your time.

Managing Work-Related stress

Keeping a record of how you spend your time is one of the most effective ways to get a clearer picture of what’s stressing you out, and what needs more attention from you. Here are some ideas for keeping track:

  • Use a diary or journal. Notebooks and pens are classic tools that can be used at any time and place, including during times when stress arises.
  • Use a smartphone app like Moment or RescueTime. These apps will track how much time you spend on different apps or websites, tracking down which ones are causing trouble in your life (eg., Facebook) while also giving suggestions on how to improve usage (eg., Facebook Messenger). They can also keep track of how long it takes for emails to reach their destination. This helps identify productivity bottlenecks as well as areas where communication could use improvement (or elimination).

Be assertive and don’t be afraid to say ‘no’.

You can also say “no” to tasks that aren’t a good fit for you. If you don’t have the skills or expertise needed to complete a project, be honest and let your boss or colleagues know that they need to find someone else who does. You may be worried about how saying “no” will affect your relationships with coworkers and your boss, but being assertive is important in managing work stress.

Being assertive means speaking up when something makes you uncomfortable or unhappy at work and having healthy boundaries around what you’re willing to do (and not do). Being assertive doesn’t mean being confrontational; it means speaking up in order to create an open communication between yourself and others at work.

If someone asks for too much of your time outside regular working hours (for example, asking if they can call at 9 pm), just say no politely without any explanation—you don’t owe anyone an explanation! Just state clearly: “I’m sorry but I won’t be able to help out with this.” Even if it seems awkward at first, over time people will learn that when they ask something unreasonable from their colleagues, those colleagues will likely say no—and everyone needs some time off!

Don’t try to do everything yourself.

  • Ask for help. It’s okay to admit when you’re overwhelmed and can’t do everything on your own. You don’t have to be perfect!
  • Delegate tasks, if possible. Let other people do some of the work so that you can focus on what matters most: taking care of yourself and your family.
  • Ask for advice from friends and family members who are more experienced at managing stress than you are, especially if they’ve been in similar situations before (i.e., caring for an elderly parent or helping someone else through a divorce).

Ask for help if you need it.

The first step in managing your stress is to ask for help if you need it. It can be difficult to admit that you need help, but don’t let this deter you from seeking out a professional. They will be able to provide you with therapeutic techniques or other resources that can decrease the negative effects of stress on your life.

If an employer has established a wellness program and offers employees access to mental health services, take advantage of it! An increasing number of companies offer on-site counseling services at no cost or even at a discount rate compared with what they would charge an individual client (if they offered outsource services at all). If such programs aren’t available through work, try searching online for local therapists who offer discounted rates based on income level so that those who need them most can still afford therapy sessions without breaking their bank accounts each month.

Challenge negative thinking.

Stress can cause your thoughts to spiral out of control, leading you to think that the worst is going to happen. When this happens, challenge yourself by asking questions such as:

  • Are my negative thoughts based in reality?
  • Am I assuming that everything will go wrong without giving myself and my team a chance to succeed?

If the answer is no, then write down what you think might happen instead and plan accordingly. If the answer is yes, acknowledge it so you can move on from there.

Take regular breaks.

You want to be in peak form when you’re doing your best work, so it’s important to make sure you’re taking regular breaks. Instead of waiting until you feel stressed out or tired, set aside time in your schedule for breaks every 60-90 minutes.

  • Don’t take a break while working on a computer—it’s too easy to get sucked back into the work. Instead, go for a walk, eat a snack and relax or do something completely different that gets your mind off what you’ve been doing (make some art! Read an interesting article!).
  • If possible and safe, take naps during the day—it will help refresh your brain and body so that when it comes time for more serious tasks again later in the day, they’ll be easier to tackle with renewed energy levels.

You can find healthy ways to manage your stress.

Stress is not always a bad thing. Stress can actually be good for you, and it’s a natural part of life. It can help you:

  • focus your attention on what matters most
  • work faster and more efficiently
  • give you the energy to achieve more than you thought possible

But stress can also lead to health problems if left untreated. If you feel overwhelmed, it’s important to know that there are many things that can help you manage your stress levels in a healthy way. Here are some ways to deal with stress:

  • Exercise regularly – Exercise releases endorphins which boost your mood and make you feel better about yourself (and life in general!). It’s also been proven helpful in lowering blood pressure and reducing symptoms of depression or anxiety disorders if they coexist with your primary condition(s).
  • Meditate – Meditation helps reduce overall tension by teaching us how to focus our attention away from negative thoughts toward positive ones instead – which makes us calmer overall!
  • Get enough rest – Getting enough sleep will help prevent exhaustion during those times when we need our full mental faculties working at full capacity–like during finals week when everyone else around campus seems like zombies walking around aimlessly without any purpose whatsoever!


You can keep your stress in check by taking care of yourself, but also by finding ways to manage it. Sometimes it may take a few tries before you find the right combination of things that work for you. But don’t get discouraged! With time and practice, you’ll be able to handle your work stress better than ever before.

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