Workplace stress is one of the leading causes of health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or stroke. Sometimes avoiding stress at work is easier said than done. Even if you love what you do there may be situations that arise that get your blood pumping and set off that flight or fight response. It is essential that you manage your stress on the job and at home to avoid developing these serious health problems. Here are some ways you can overcome stress at work.

Watch for warning signs.

If you don’t know what stress feels like it is difficult to avoid. Recognize your body’s specific signals for stress. When you know what to expect and what you experience you can walk away from stressful situations easier. You can take a breath, a break, and approach the problem again with a cooler head. Some warning signs include increased heart rate, irritability, and trouble concentrating.

Make health and wellness a priority.

Good health is also one of the best ways you can handle stress. Both at home and at work make sure you’re eating right and exercising. Don’t forget to pay attention to your mental health as well. Not dealing with your feelings and emotions can add stress to your life as well. If your employer doesn’t offer a wellness program in your office, suggest it to human resources as a way to combat stress.

Stay organized and know priorities.

When we’re overwhelmed, stress isn’t far behind. Try to manage these feelings by keeping your workplace neat, organizing your work, and prioritizing tasks to get the most important ones completed first. Disorganized workers might forget an important step or miss a meeting which will create more stress.

Manage your reactions to others.

Not all stress is brought on by our own actions. You can’t change another person’s behavior but you can change the way you react to it. Stay positive; don’t allow negativity to get you down. Rather than making excuses or placing blame, try to come up with a positive solution to the problem.

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