South African Women in the Workplace
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Stress in the Workplace

Stress. The silent killer. In some situations stress can help. But it is also important to acknowledge the negative impact stress can have on a person. Stress can cause a host of issues, such as tension headaches, trouble concentrating, fatigue, upset stomach, increased blood pressure, chest pain, and trouble sleeping. Beyond this, stress greatly contributes to many mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, stress has become inseparable from the workplace. As such, it is unavoidable. But there are techniques to alleviate some of the weight. Here are some tips on how to manage stress in the workplace.

How to manage stress in the workplace:

Identify your stress

Knowing what triggers your stress is key in managing it. Does it have to do with your physical setting? A particular responsibility? Social stress? Take note of when you feel the most stress in the workplace, and how you respond to this stress. Learn how to act rather than react. Through this, you can notice a pattern and hopefully create a new one that is more appealing to your mental health.

Organisation station

Decluttering your desk and schedule can in turn declutter your mind. It also helps to stay on top of things, so that there isn’t a mad dash at a last-minute change. As such, efficiency is heightened, which can alleviate stress.

Take breaks!

Your brain and body need a chance to destress. Make sure to allow yourself a few minutes for every hour you work. During these breaks, it is good to practice healthy destressing activities such as meditation or deep-breathing exercises.

Form positive relationships with coworkers

Having positive relationships with coworkers helps in that you have someone to talk to. Venting and talking through issues can help you get over them faster. Furthermore, it is certainly easier having a friend around in times of crises. On the flip side, is there a coworker who particularly annoys you? Try to keep your communication on a need-to basis to alleviate unnecessary stress and frustration.


Never underestimate the power of a great snack. Sometimes you just need a sweet release to calm your mind. Keep a stash of (healthy and unhealthy) treats to snack on when you feel a bit burnt out. Try to focus on snacks that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as anchovies, flaxseed and walnuts, as they are proven mood boosters.

Practice a healthy sleeping schedule

It is unrealistic to expect a person to fall asleep and wake up at the exact same time every day. Try to get your recommended 8 hours or sleep.

Have you got any more tips for managing stress in the workplace? Sound off in the comments below!

South African Women in the Workplace
Advice from the top Entrepreneurs in the World