If you work in a busy human resources department, it may feel like you have an incredible amount of work on your plate. Take comfort in the fact that you're not alone. According to The American Institute of Stress, 46 percent of people said their workloads are their biggest source of office agony. When the going gets tough, use these four tips to keep your stress to a minimum:
1. Be clear and ask for clarity
Ambiguity is a major source of stress - we tend to spend more time imagining the worst and agonizing "what ifs" than we would otherwise. To use an example from the Harvard Business Review, marketing strategist and Duke University professor Dorie Clark once received a text message from a colleague that read, "Dorie, are you available today to talk via phone? Let me know when you are available..." The ellipses, lack of clarity and mandatory phone conversation made Dorie think the subject was about something bad, but her colleague just wanted to share podcast recommendations. Avoid such unnecessarily stressful moments by being coherent and asking for clarity when needed.
2. Keep your desk organized
Ever notice your cortisol levels seem to increase whenever you step into a messy environment? Even looking at clutter stresses people out. When you're busy, a bunch of stuff piled on your desk just reinforces the idea you don't have time to clean properly, regardless of whether this thought is actually true. Set aside some time every week or two to clean your area, and purge some items if necessary.
3. Note any stressors
This tip comes straight from the American Psychological Association. The professional organization recommended tracking your stressful moments for about a week or two. Which circumstances push you to the edge, and how do you react? This helps you find patterns and commonalities, allowing you to either avoid future stressors or modify your approach to them.
4. Practice mindfulness
It seems an increasing number of people have come to value mindfulness practices like yoga, meditation and breathing exercises. These techniques help break you out of negative thinking patterns and focus your mind on the present. Instead of worrying about the outcome of a report, you'll be focused on getting it finished. Over time, you'll become more resilient and simple stressors won't affect you as much.
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