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A little push can be an accelerator in giving you better results. But when that push turns into pressure, it ends up becoming detrimental to the mental well-being of a person.

One of the most common challenges faced by workers on most days is stress. And there happens to be multiple reasons behind this. 

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Often at workplaces, workers are overwhelmed with their work. They take up more than they can do or have impossible deadlines to accomplish. They might not even possess the skill required to get the job done while their team members are counting on them for it. And when one challenge piles up over the other, workers face difficulty in prioritising their work and tasks. 

It is quite natural to feel overwhelmed in such a scenario because there seems to be a lot to deal with all at once. And everything seems to be slipping from your hands. 

However impossible it may seem, surely there are ways this can be made easier.

Accept and acknowledge the situation

In a situation like this, the first thing to do is acknowledge how you feel. Yes, whatever it is that you are going through is stressful. Yes, it is difficult. Maybe, you weren’t mentally prepared for this, but you can always ask for help. 

You must have someone in your workplace or team that you trust. It could be your manager or your fellow team mate. Talking to your colleagues about your challenges at work can not only help you feel comfortable but also find solutions to your challenges. 

What is in your hands?

Now that you are ready to face this challenge, let’s figure out what you can really do about it. Make a list of things that are in your control. Break down the whole thing into small doable actions, and take it one step at a time. 

But how do you know what needs to be done right now, what can wait? 

You can use Eisenhower’s Urgent/Important Principle to prioritize your work and plan accordingly. If something will take less than 2mins to complete, do it now. 

All you’ve got to do is start, the rest will fall into place automatically. Ask for help when needed

We are going to say it out loud for the people in the back: It is okay to make a mistake.

If you are facing a problem and you are struggling, you need help. The reason why you landed on this blog is because you were looking for help, and that is completely okay. If you can ask a search engine to help you solve your problem, you can also ask your peers or your team leader to help you solve your problem. 

You are a learner just like everyone else. You are here to learn from your mistakes, and if your learning needs guidance/help from someone else, take it. There is a high chance you are expected to ask for help with those things. Even if you’re not, at least you won’t regret putting in all of your effort.

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Practice good communication

More often than not, conflicts, misunderstandings and confusion arise because the two parties in question didn’t communicate properly. The message was either not clearly delivered or understood. 

In effective communication, there is a clear understanding of the information exchanged between the individuals. You are able to share your ideas, articulate your points and understanding of the matter. 

Whatever confusion you may face, if you can communicate your issues in an effective manner, some sort of clarity will be achieved in that conversation. No one would be operating on assumptions, which will reduce the chances of mistakes or conflicts.

Make room for error

You did everything in your power to give the best possible result. It’s great, but somewhere there still is a loose end you need to fix is what your supervisor tells you. Don’t be disappointed in yourself, take the feedback and use it to reconstruct your work in a better way. 

Accept that the need for improvisation in your work is only improving the quality of your work. Be open to being notified of new flaws in your work and fix it. Learn from your mistakes and strive to do better.

Figuring out the root cause

It is always better to get to the root of the problem to solve it in the long term and find a sustainable solution. Whatever issue is bothering you on a surface level, has some sort of reason or a chain of questions behind it. 

Ask yourself those questions, one by one, until you get to the root of the problem. You will definitely become aware of valuable information at the very least, and get closer to solving the issue for sure.

Modern solutions for stress

In today’s technologically advanced world, there are tools that can help you manage your work life a thousand times better. You are facing difficulty in managing your team’s actions, use an action management tool. You need help in keeping your work organized, use a tool that will help you in organizing your work in a systematic way. Want reminders for your deadlines, use a tool to help you with that. Need effective communication between your teammates and your customers, you have a tool for that too. The market is vast, what you need might just be there. Utilize the availability of such resources. This will take loads of stress off your shoulders, and make work easier for you.

We can’t deny that facing stress at the workplace is inevitable. On some days, it will be less while on other days it might be more. 

Sometimes if we don’t deal with it effectively, it can prolong and not only impact our productivity but also disturb other aspects of our life. Therefore, it is of utmost importance for us to deal with it.   

Hopefully this article gave useful insights and drew attention to valuable solutions to counter stressful situations at your workplace.

Aahana Prasad

Product Specialist and Observer

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