Stressed, Burdened and Overworked? Here’s How to Overcome These

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By Vinod C. Dixit

We all know a happy worker is a productive worker. Now-a-days for a working employee, the world has become a stressful place with the phone ringing, more projects piling up on the desk, meetings to attend, and projects and regular daily work that you have to finish by deadline and the most important is to satisfy our customer. It feels like the walls are coming in and you are just pulling out your hair because of the regular everyday problems that also occur. When such moments come and you’re in the office, don’t despair because there are things you can do to make your day easier to handle. Work stress is extremely prevalent in today’s society, and can impact happiness levels, health, and other important aspects of your life. We, particularly the bank employees, need to learn more about the link between work stress and happiness, and find resources to have a healthier, happier life. Managing stress is all about taking charge, taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. Let us enjoy better our situation with a few minor adjustments. You can’t deal with stress unless you recognize and admit its presence. Listen to your body. It will often give you signals indicating stress. Listen to your feelings, too. They will also tell you when you need some relief.

Here are ten suggestions designed to help to deal with the stress one may be experiencing and also in increasing job satisfaction and to lead a balanced life.

Stop taking on too much
The most common cause of a stress reaction is attempting to do too much with the resources and time at your disposal. There is a limit to everyone’s capacity. Better scheduling and enough self-assertion to say “no” when that is appropriate can help.

Check it out with your Doctor
Persistent signals that might mean psychological stress are sometimes due to physical problems. So check it out with your doctor. If no medical problems are found, ask the physical for suggestions on handling stress or tension.

Balance work with play
Eke out time for recreation and hobbies that are relaxing and enjoyable. Of course, the regularity of work can occasionally help a person through emotional situations that are hard to bear – like the death of a loved one, separation or divorce.

Loaf a little
Some active people who feel guilty about occasionally just sitting and doing nothing should give themselves a chance to learn the art of loafing. A walk, for example, can bring peace and perspective. Find the time to “make friends” with yourself.

Get enough sleep and rest
Nobody can be in the best of health for long without enough sleep and rest. Adults vary in the hours of sleep they need. Probably the best test of whether you are getting enough sleep is how you feel. If you awake refreshed and energetic, you are no doubt getting required rest.

Work off tensions
When we’re upset or angry, we can try to blow off steam or work off our feelings with physical exercise. Enjoying some activity such as playing tennis, cycling, swimming or other exercise helps to relieve tension and makes it easier to face and handle problems more calmly.

Speak out your troubles
It helps to get it off your chest sometimes by confiding worries to a sympathetic friend. When what appears to be a serious problem starts to get you down, it’s wise to discuss it with your physician, a religious counselor, or with an understanding member of your own family.

Learn to accept what you cannot change
Many of us get upset about circumstances which are truly beyond our control. Sometimes we even try to make people over to suit our own ideals and then feel frustrated when we find that this cannot be done. We can look for the best in others while realizing that nobody is faultless.

Get away from it all
When you feel that you are going around in circles with a problem or a worry, try to divert yourself. As simple a thing as going to the movies, watching TV, reading a story or visiting a friend may help. There’s no harm in running away from a painful situation long enough to catch your breath and regain the composure you need to come back and face the problem.

Avoid self-medication.
If you should need medication, your physician may prescribe some which temporarily helps you to relax without affecting your mental agility. But avoid self-medication. There are different types of tranquillizers or sedatives available for various purposes. A doctor can prescribe the amount and type that’s safe for you, if necessary.

The author is from Ahmedabad. He can be reached at: dixitpatrakar@yahoo.in

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