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International Stress Awareness Day: Understanding ways to manage workplace stress

Many of us get stressed at the thought of missing a deadline at work or when we are overburdened with uncompleted tasks. Fierce competition, expectations of the manager and the desire to prove one’s abilities keep on adding to our woes. A job that puts someone under tremendous pressure can raise the stress levels to such an extent that it can affect a person’s physical and mental health.

Every year, November 1 is observed as the International Stress Awareness Day. The theme for 2017 is ‘Speak Up and Speak Out About Stress’. Some people get overwhelmed easily and break down whereas, some show resilience and tide over the difficult times. It’s time to open up about the troubles and take action. It is extremely important to speak for yourself in order to deal with the triggers and lead a happy life.

Here are some tips that can help in handling stressful situations at work, boosting  productivity and improving the overall quality of life.

  • Prioritizing tasks: One must make a list of to-do tasks and assign priority to each. This will help in attending to the most important tasks first. Lack of planning affects the output, leads to accumulation of pending work and causes undue stress. It is advisable not to make a long list as looking at the pending tasks itself would be dreary.


  • Focusing sans distraction: It is important to remain completely focused on a job at hand and avoid distractions. If the job permits, one can do a digital detox, avoid partying or wasting time in gossiping to finish work.


  • Learning to say no: One must take only as much work as a person can handle and deliver. Nothing is gained by pleasing people and saying yes to every task. It is important to say no whenever something is offered that cannot be managed under the given timelines. One should be polite yet, firm while saying no. It’s equally important to maintain a balance between personal and professional life.


  • Socializing and taking breaks: One must take short breaks in between to rejuvenate. Sitting at the workstation for long hours in isolation affects the quality and quantity of work. Taking a small walk after every hour or interacting with colleagues during tea and lunch breaks can help refresh the mind.


  • Delegating work and helping someone: If one heads a team of a sizeable number of employees then one must learn the art of delegating jobs and following up. Dividing work can take off a lot of pressure from someone’s mind. Additionally, if a colleague is bogged down by work, helping him or her brings a sense of satisfaction. Kindness always pays.


  • Reaching out for help: Many a times, due to an underlying psychological problem, a person may not be able to honor the work commitments and continue to repeat mistakes and miss deadlines. If this happens, then one must reach out for professional support and seek therapy to address the matter that may require immediate attention.

Road to recovery

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 40 percent of the employed population in the United States claims that their jobs are highly stressful while 26 percent report that they are “often burned out or stressed.” Such circumstances may arise when one does not deal with the daily stressors and keep on procrastinating. It is essential to take one day at a time and manage tasks as per one’s efficiency.

Sovereign Health, a leading mental and behavioral health treatment center, understands that treating a mental illness necessitates an empathetic and a determined approach. Our patients have self-reported a marked improvement in their symptoms and functional deficits from admission to discharge.

If you or a loved one is battling a mental disorder and looking for a trustworthy mental health rehabilitation center, Sovereign Health can help. Call at our 24/7 helpline  855-969-5557 or chat online with a representative to get further details.

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