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10 Ways of Coping with Stress at Work

Some time ago, the Collabio Spaces team shared several stress-free habits that we believe in. However, our HR team has come up with even more effective life-hacks for everyone, no matter your job and position! ;)

Everyone experiences stress at work — it’s normal! However, if this state becomes chronic, you may become unproductive, disengaged and frustrated. Nothing will seem interesting regardless of how happy your colleagues are.

How can you recognise stress?

Sometimes, you may not even recognise that something is bothering you, as the subconscious mind reacts to stimuli much faster than consciousness.

The symptoms of stress are:

  • Increased anxiety even about non-existent problems.
  • Mood swings for any reason.
  • Absent-mindedness and decreased concentration.
  • Apathy and depression.
  • Insomnia and restless sleep.
  • Muscle tension in the neck and back.
  • Reduced productivity and chronic fatigue.

As you can see, such a state is not very conducive to new victories.

So, what should you do if you feel the tension and inner discord?

Helpful advice from XCDS

  1. First, try to find the source of stress. Discover whether it is caused by some objective reasons or exists only in your imagination. Remove intuitive judgments in favour of facts. It helps to separate emotions from reality.
    — If the reasons are objective, talk to an HR manager and the team leader about what bothers you.
    — If the reasons are subjective, seek help from a psychologist or take time to put your thoughts in order yourself.
  2. Remember that stress in the workplace is not always a negative phenomenon. Often it leads to growth and development opportunities. However, it is important not to cross the line when stress completely engulfs you. As soon as you feel nervous, do the following:
    — Take a break from tasks. Go for a coffee/tea for 10 minutes or talk with colleagues about hobbies. If you’d like to spend this time on your own, then a mini-walk in the nearest park would be an ideal option.
    — When you return to the desk, focus on one thing at a time and forget about your phone. Focus is your secret weapon. If you are distracted by conversations and surrounding noise, put on headphones and turn on your favourite music.
    — Know your limits and know when to stop. It is impossible to be constantly productive, sometimes you need to give yourself time to recharge. In our experience, the 45/15 scheme has shown itself well, where 45 minutes are devoted to active work and 15 minutes to rest.
  3. Ask for help if you can’t cope with an issue yourself. There is nothing shameful here. If the workload is objectively heavy or the task turned out to be more difficult than you expected, why not try to solve it together with your colleagues? Together we are strong!
  4. Make sense of what you are doing. On average, a person spends at least 8 hours a day at work, so meaningless activity will cause severe stress. Before getting to new tasks, ask yourself:
    — What knowledge will you get?
    — What skills will you improve?
    — Will you be interested in this activity?
    — Will this experience be useful to you in the future?
  5. Sometimes you just need to start doing something. Convert negative emotions into energy for work. Often it turns out that the task was not as difficult as you thought, and you completed it even faster! The most effective way to cope with such difficulties is to face them. Believe us, in a year or two you may not remember this situation, but those victorious vibes will stay with you.
  6. If you’re a perfectionist, remember that ‘perfect’ does not always equal ‘best’. Sometimes, ‘perfect’ is just ‘on time’. Highlight the part of the project that needs to be prioritised and the part that can be done just as you can. If you always focus on the best results, you easily become stressed or fall into the endless hole of procrastination.
  7. Do you work remotely? Turn cameras on calls to see each other whenever it’s possible. Communication unloads and charges with positive energy (that is if everyone in the team shares positive emotions)!
  8. Accept people as they are. Don’t try to improve others or adjust to them. Being yourself is the best strategy! This will save you from unnecessary worries about what ‘masks’ to wear on various occasions.
  9. If you don’t have a hobby, think about what you would like to do to provide healthy distraction from work. It’s great to have an active hobby — dancing, running, etc. Go for walks, play sports (for a start, do at least short warm-ups). Nevertheless, if you prefer drawing while sitting at your desk, that’s awesome too!
  10. Praise yourself every day and reward yourself for completing tasks and overcoming challenges. Even if your achievement is very small, it is still a victory. Any success is a chain of small steps. No matter what difficulties you meet on the way, pay attention to positive events. Enjoy the small moments to diminish the stress.

We believe these recommendations will come in useful. We are all humans, and stress is part of the human experience.

What helps you personally deal with stress or use it for good? Let’s discuss! :)

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