While some general workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can lead to an impact on your productivity and in some serious cases, your emotional and physical health. This ability to deal with your stress can mean either success or failure at your job. Sometimes finding ways to manage your workplace stress doesn’t have to be about rethinking your career options, but rather focusing on something within your control. That is, you.

Signs Of Excessive Stress At Work

  • To start managing your stress, you have to be certain that you’re already very stressed out to begin with. One way to see if you are is when you lose confidence in your job, or become more irritable, or withdrawn. This can make you less productive and effective in your workplace and make the work seem much less rewarding.

Take Care Of Yourself

  • When stress starts to mess with your work, it also takes a toll on your personal life, or even impacts your health. This is when you know you have to take action to deal with it. Begin by paying more attention to your emotional and physical health, this way, when your own needs are taken care of, you’re more resilient to stress. The better you feel, the better you can handle work stress.


  • Walk when you have the option to, take the stairs. Regular exercise is a powerful stress reliever, even though it may be the last thing you might consider doing. It is a great way to lift your mood, increase your energy, and make you feel like you’re back in the driver’s seat. For best results, try to wake up 30 minutes earlier every day and do some mild exercise. Why exercise before work? The magic happens after your shower. That refreshing feeling you get, is what success feels like.


  • Talking face to face with a relaxed and balanced listener can help calm your nervous system and relieve stress. The other person doesn’t have to be a counselor and solve your problems, he/she just needs to listen. Simply sharing your feelings with someone, like your spouse or a good friend could be very helpful, even if there’s nothing you can do to alter the situation.


  • Sometimes stress itself can cause insomnia, and a lack of sleep could add on to that stress and leave you miserable by the end of the day, and that cycle goes on. When you’re well rested, you will have a better approach in keeping yourself together throughout the day, emotionally, and physically. Always aim for about 8 hours a night, nothing less.



Posted by Derek Toh

Derek is the founder and CEO of WOBB.CO. He was part of the pioneer batch for the Stanford-MaGIC Entrepreneurship Program, and is also a mentor for McKinsey & Company's Youth Leadership Academy. Derek is on a mission to revolutionise work culture in Asia. He cares about initiatives that improve education and the talent market. Derek is also a big fan of superhero movies, and has been told that he drinks too much coffee during the day.