Stress Management in the Workplace

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Keeping a safe workplace requires employers to identify and deal with hazards. Each industry has its own set of hazards, but there are workplace hazards that are common across organizations. The hazards in this module are examples of typical hazards. By identifying and anticipating hazards, employers can prevent injuries and keep employees safe.

Altering

Often, the stressors in life are unavoidable. We have to go to work, pay the bills, and run errands. When you cannot avoid stressful situations, alter them. This typically involves finding ways to make situations more bearable by changing behavior and communication.

Strategies:

Communicate: Respectfully express your frustrations; unexpressed feelings build stress.

Compromise: Try to find middle ground in a conflict.

Assert yourself: Do not allow other people to control your life.

Manage your time: Plan out your time, and try to stick to the plan.

Avoiding

Sometimes we create our own stress. If you really think about your stressors, there are probably some that you can avoid. Do everything you can to avoid stressful situations and improve your mental health.

Strategies:

Say “no”: Do not over commit yourself. If you cannot handle a project, don’t take it.

Avoid certain people: End stressful relationships, or limit the amount of time you spend with stressful people.

Change your environment: Avoid or adjust activities that cause stress.

Limit your tasks: Cut out some activities to save time.

Converse carefully: Avoid controversial topics that are likely to cause arguments.

Accepting

We all have to accept less than ideal situations. We cannot control everything, but there are ways to reduce our stress in difficult situations.

Strategies:

Change focus: Focus on what you can control rather than what you cannot. This is particularly true of other people.

Stay positive: Look for the opportunities in difficult situations.

Express yourself: Share your feelings with friends, family, or a therapist.

Move on: Forgive others to let go of negative emotions that cause stress.

Relaxation Techniques

There are different relaxation techniques you can try. Everyone is different, and you need to find the method that works best for you. It is important to choose healthy ways to handle stress rather than unhealthy options such as drinking, smoking, and overeating.

Techniques:

Meditation

Exercise

Spend time in nature

Spend time with pets

Garden

Connect with friends

Take personal time

Using Routines to Reduce Stress

Routines can reduce stress when in times of change. Everyone needs a sense of normalcy, and routines can provide this. Routines can, however, create more stress when we adhere to them religiously. It is important to create healthy routines in life but not panic if you alter them.

Examples of healthy routines:

Morning routines

Family time

Date night

Guys’/girls’ night out

Exercise

 

More About Safety in The Workplace

Managers Role in Workplace Safety
Safety in the Workplace Training
Workplace Violence
Identifying your Company Hazards
Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Workplace
Writing the Safety in the Workplace Plan
Implement the Safety in the Workplace Plan