It is an undeniable fact that millions of people are experiencing stress in life, be it a short-term or a long-term one. Being stressed out is an unpleasant feeling, of course, but what many of us don’t know is that stress can also have a serious effect in our health and how we perform at work. The good news is that stress is very much manageable as long as you know what techniques to use. In this article, you will get to know more about stress, how it affects you, and how you can manage it.

What is Stress?
Generally, stress is defined as a feeling or condition a person has when he feels that the demands in his life are more than what he can handle. In short, we experience stress when we think that we haven’t got the time, knowledge, or other resources to take control of a situation. With that said, it can also be understood that we all handle stress in different ways. If you are confident enough in yourself and what you can do, you are likely to handle stress better. Those who are assured that they have the support and help they need during difficult times are also in a better position to manager stress.

Stress and Our Mindset

For every situation that we come across, there are two judgments that we make, usually subconsciously.

What we do first do is decide if the situation we are in is threatening or not. Basically, anything can turn out to be a threat to our time, values, social standing, reputation, and particularly to our survival. The next thing we think about is whether we have the ability or resources to overcome what we perceive as a threat. We are talking here about such resources as energy, time, strength, knowledge, emotional capability, and so on.

The amount of stress that we experience is actually based on how out of control we think we are and whether or not our resources are enough for us to overcome such threat.

How Does Stress Affect Us?

Obviously, stress has a significant and negative effect on the way we do our job, how well we relate with other people, and how we live life in general. What’s worse is that long term stress may even lead to health disorders, such as stroke, heart disease, depression, weak immune system, and high blood pressure, among others. With that said, there is no way we should take for granted the importance of knowing how to manage stress.

Tips for Managing Stress:

• Time management is key to a stress-free life. If you fail to manage time, the amount of work you have will surely give you stress. Make sure that you analyze how you are currently using your time and then identify the areas you may improve. There are many time management tools online you can use to assess how well you are managing your time.

• Set priorities. If you know what your priorities are, you won’t have trouble deciding what you should do first and what you can do at a later time. Setting priorities will also help you effectively use up your time so you may spend shorter time accomplishing your tasks.

• Don’t even think about multitasking. Although you feel confident you can do multiple things at the same time, this can give you a lot of pressure, which then results in you getting frustrated and annoyed. In short, having too many things to take care of at the same time will cause you a lot of stress. Do things one at a time so you could focus on how you can do them well.

• Stay away from stressful people. The people you deal with on a regular basis can be another cause of stress. If you have a coworker, for instance, who annoys you, there is no reason for you to spend significant time with that person. Always try to surround yourself with people who will bring out the best in you and who can bring positivity to your life.

Workplace stress is a common reason why people keep changing jobs. If you love your career at present, then you should do everything to live life without stress so you could experience rapid growth both personally and professionally.

Author's Bio: 

Cecile Peterkin is a certified career and retirement coach, and a registered member of the Career Professionals of Canada and the International Coach Federation. She is also the Founder and Senior Career Strategist at Cosmic Coaching Centre, provider of career and life management services for middle managers and mid-career professionals across Canada, United States and Europe.