How to Cope with Workplace Stress

Pause. Relax your shoulders. Unclench your jaw. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath.

Do you realise that you hold on to stress in your body? Holding onto things too tight results in a perpetual feeling of tension. How did letting go for a moment feel? Do you feel more composed?

Some amount of stress does motivate you to give your best, undoubtedly. But what if that is all you can think about most of the day? Obsessing over something which is not in your control is a major source of stress, and it is not even real, it is something you have created for yourself. Learning to systematically channelise your energy into work and leisure alike is a way of life you must adopt to be healthier and happier.

Here are a few tips you can incorporate into your routine to ensure more work-life balance.

Set boundaries.

Putting ourselves first is something all of us lack in. Setting boundaries is a way to respect oneself and our time. Be it relationships or work, you must safeguard your limits, so that you do not exhaust yourself with stress from overachieving or trying to keep up with toxic relationships.


Based on a study conducted in 2009, it was found that 30 minutes of reading decreases blood pressure, heart rate and psychological distress, as effectively as yoga and humour. In addition to this, reading also has cognitive advantages that most of us are aware of. Replacing screen time before bed with reading a book significantly improves the quality of sleep thereby reducing the impact of stress caused at work.

Lifestyle changes.

We all have heard the saying, “a healthy mind lives in a healthy body”. Taking baby steps towards it, is a reasonable approach towards a better life. A light dinner, a little walk after every meal, 30 minutes of exercise each day, a few minutes of meditation or sound therapy, and a healthy diet have a significant impact on the body’s natural stress response. The body’s tolerance to stress increases without causing any damage to itself.

Seize the day.

Obsessing about every mistake you have made, or anything that could go wrong in the future, or a risk you are afraid to take, is the primary cause of stress you create for yourself. Doing the best without worrying about the outcome is a reasonable approach with work and management of the stress it causes. Practicing gratitude and trying to live in the moment is a step towards a better work-life balance.

Learn to let go.

How much ever we try, there is always going to be something we fail in, or something which did not go our way. Learning to let go and take every failure as a lesson is a quality very less of us possess. Making a conscious effort to relinquish goes a long way in ensuring success with minimal stress.

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