The MediaVillage Guide to How to Manage a High Stress Job

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Managing a high-stress job and finding enjoyment in your work can be challenging, but it's not impossible. You can create a pre-work ritual, get clear on your expectations for the day, avoid or reduce conflict with colleagues, plan ahead to stay organized, create a comfortable work environment, choose chunking over multitasking, walk at lunch, do your best and reward yourself.

Meditation, deep breathing exercises and mindfulness all work to calm your anxiety. Start by taking a few minutes each day to focus on being present and enjoying a simple activity -- whether that's a short walk around the park or appreciating a meal at your desk.

Having a solid support system at work can help buffer you from the negative effects of job stress. Just remember to listen to them and offer support when they are in need as well. If you don't have a close friend at work, you can take steps to be more social with your coworkers.

Develop a work environment that is both challenging and unthreatening. Let people know it's okay to fail. Recognize team members who think outside the box and ask your employees for feedback.

Here are some best practices that you can follow to manage stress and increase job satisfaction:

  1. Set realistic goals and priorities: Identify your top priorities and set realistic goals for yourself. Focus on completing one task at a time instead of trying to do everything at once.
  2. Manage your time effectively: Use a planner or a to-do list to help you stay organized and manage your time effectively. Schedule your workday to ensure that you have enough time for your most important tasks.
  3. Take breaks: Take regular breaks throughout the day to relax and recharge. Step away from your desk, take a walk, or do something that you enjoy to help reduce stress.
  4. Seek support: Reach out to colleagues or friends for support when you need it. Talking to someone about your stress can help you feel better and more motivated.
  5. Practice self-care: Take care of your physical and mental health by eating healthy, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly. Also, practice mindfulness techniques like meditation or deep breathing exercises to help reduce stress and anxiety.
  6. Celebrate successes: Celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may be. Recognizing and celebrating your achievements can help you stay motivated and increase job satisfaction.
  7. Create a positive work environment: Surround yourself with positivity and try to create a positive work environment. This can include things like having a positive attitude, complimenting others and being supportive of your colleagues.

We hope these tips help you balance your high stress job and get more enjoyment from it!


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