In the Japanese culture, over the past three decades people have been dying due to Karoshi, also known as death by overwork or workload exhaustion. We are all aware of the high levels of stress that we have at our workplaces, but most of us have come to accept this as part of life. We think there’s no escape from the stress caused due to work retirement being the only relief. But, is it so?
While there are certain things about your professional life that are not in your control, there are a few things that are. Here, we discuss a few tips that will help you create a work life that’s less stressful and more fulfilling.
- Work Life Balance
One of the major causes of all stress at work is the lack of time that is spent at home with family and the unreasonably excessive amount of time spent at work. When there is better work life balance, the time spent at home helps in coping up with the pressures at work. Also, this ensures you get back to work with more vigour and a fresh mind. Sometimes, we avoid taking rest to complete our work without realizing that the work done with a tired mind will not be your best. So, it’s always better to have a balance between working and having fun. Both are equally essentially for you!
One of the most important aspects of life is communication. So, it is with work. Improve your communication skills to better be understood or understand people, creating a stress free workplace for you. Being able to openly and clearly communicate your ideas, thoughts and feelings, will pave way for healthy and strong relations between you and your colleagues, seniors, managers, clients and customers.
- Adapt to Change
Human beings are programmed to resist change. Change is uncomfortable, sometimes chaotic and sometimes involves too much effort. However, change is essential for growth, whether it’s your career growth or your company growth. Accept change and instead of resisting it, try and see the good it holds within it and learn to adapt to it.
- Learn to Say ‘No’
There are certain things/tasks at your workplace that need to be ignored, if you want to accomplish more important things. Learning how to say no is difficult, but one must understand that some work might prove to be a burden which only creates more stress. Hence, it is imperative to know when to say no. Is this work important enough? Can it be delegated? Are you the best person to do this? Is there some learning for you if you do the task? What value will it create for you? These questions will help you get your priorities straight, at work.
- Chart a Career Path/Plan
It is important to know where you are coming from and where you are going. So spend the most amount of time, noting down your career path and your means to it. Most of the time we feel stressed because we don’t see a direction and we feel lost. All our days start looking the same and things become monotonous. Have a plan for yourself, where you know exactly where you’re going. What is your goal? Is your current work path moving you closer towards your goal or is it interfering with it? What should be your next step or action with respect to your career? How do you plan to take that next step?
A career path will reposition your thoughts and remind you why you’re in this job, prompting you to take necessary and timely action. It will not only serve as a direction but also a motivation to help you reach your career goals, quickly and more efficiently.
For example – let’s say you want to be promoted to a senior role at work. You have two options, either to wait for your manager to take notice of your work and make up his mind to promote you. Or to start doing the things proactively that the person who’s already promoted to that role would do and show the decision makers that you have the traits which the role requires, that you deserve to be promoted. This is what having a plan or a career path means. You take charge of the things. You take things in your own hands and lead the course of your life, rather than wait for things to happen to you.
There’s a lot more you can do than you think you can to make your work life less stressful and more engaging. And we hope the above tips would make you feel a little less stressed over the coming days.