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7 Tips For Dealing With A High-Stress Workplace

When things become so stressful and you feel like you've reached your breaking point, remember this: There are things you can do to cope
by Mars Salazar | Mar 21, 2016
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If you've got a well-paying job in a field you're actually interested in, then congratulations for being a proper functioning adult!

The downside of a job—any job—is dealing with work-related stress. Things like horrible working conditions and long hours can elevate stress levels which, if left unchecked, can have disastrous, potentially fatal effects on your well-being

The recent deaths of Pinoy directors Wenn Deramas and Francis Pasion is possible proof of this, a sentiment that fellow filmmaker Quark Henares echoed in a recent Facebook post.

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Surely, working in the local movie industry will make Haggardo Versozas and Stress Drilons out of anyone. However, stress isn't isolated to those working in showbiz—every profession has its fair share.

So when things become so unbearable and you feel like you've reached your breaking point, know that there are things you can do to cope. With that in mind, we've come up with several tips to help you deal with a high-stress workplace.

1) Sleep right

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As much as possible, get the prescribed seven to nine hours of sleep a day. The results are well worth it: better energy levels, clearer skin, less eyebags, and a more positive overall disposition, according to this report from the American Psychological Association. Ditch parties for rest if you really have to.

2) Prioritize

If you find yourself overwhelmed by everything you have to do for the day, we advise you to step back and figure out which tasks you should do first. At the start of each work day, write a to-do list of all your responsibilities, ranked according to urgency, and cross them off one by one as the day goes by. Doing so lets you manage things and your time better, while giving you a sense of success as you tick off more items from the list.

3) Have a break

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Take a few minutes after every few hours to "reward" yourself with life's simple joys: a bit of chocolate, a short nap, a trip to Starbucks. Work will still be tedious, but at least your stress levels haven't accumulated to the point that you feel you're about to go crazy. Do this responsibly though, and by that we mean don't go overboard and spend more time taking a break than actually working.

4) Talk to your superiors

Your boss wouldn’t be a good boss if he/she allows you to languish in a hostile work environment. Don't be afraid to open up about your work woes: Your superiors can reprimand that annoying officemate who always leaves you to fix his shoddy reports or decrease your workload so you're not drowning under all the pressure. "Your manager does need to know if you are struggling. Share with them what the difficulties are and suggest some practical ideas about what might help," says Corinne Mills, managing director of career coaching company Personal Career Management in a report in The Guardian.

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5) Don’t get interrupted

We face so many distractions in the workplace, ranging from Facebook and social media, to your favorite websites, to games like Clash of Clans, to sudden deadlines, or even your gorgeous colleague sitting a few rows away. Don't get caught up by these traps. Beg off from sudden unrelated assignments that can needlessly add to your load and avoid temptations to procrastinate which leads to stressful cramming. "Emails, phone calls, pop ins, instant messages and sudden, urgent deadlines conspire to make today's workers more distracted than ever. While you may not have control over the interrupters, you can control your response," says this report.

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As for your pretty officemate, well, maybe you can practice proper goal-setting and chat her up when you're done ticking off everything on your to-do list.

6) Keep work within working hours

The Internet has made our professional lives so much easier, but the inescapable connectivity has also rendered us on-call at all hours. Try to strike a work-life balance, and avoid doing work-related stuff when your shift's done. Take advantage of your days off and leaves to unwind so you'll be at your best when you get back. Remember, our bodies are like batteries in a sense that we need to recharge to effectively power whatever duties are assigned to us.

7) Breath

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An easy way to calm down is to take a few deep breaths. Inhale for five seconds, hold it, and exhale through your nose. You'll feel yourself getting a bit more relaxed while doing so in just a few moments, with your focus becoming a bit clearer in a jiffy. Do this especially if you feel you're about to explode or if you're overwhelmed by the things going on around you.


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