Feb 16, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Work can be one of the biggest causes for stress in our lives.  Understanding how workplace stress affects your safety can motivate you to reduce your stress levels while on the job.   
Feeling overworked or overwhelmed in the workplace can cause your anxiety to rise.  When you are feeling stressed, you may have a difficult time concentrating or focusing on tasks. This can cause you to overlook necessary precautions.
Regardless of what your occupation may be, many people feel frazzled and out of control at times, instead of alert and relaxed.  While some stress is a normal part of the workplace, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity.  
Finding ways to manage this stress doesn’t have to be about making huge changes or rethinking your career ambitions.  Stress management requires focusing on the one thing that’s always within your control:  YOU!
The ability to manage stress in the workplace will not only improve your physical and emotional health, but can also make the difference between success and failure on the job.  I believe our emotions are contagious; and stress has an impact on the quality of our interactions with others.  
You can learn how to manage job stress by being able to recognize the warning signs at work. Some of these signs to watch for are fatigue, trouble concentrating and loss of interest in what you are doing.
If this happens, it’s time to take action.  Take care of yourself – physically, as well as emotionally.  When you take care of yourself, you will be stronger and more resilient to stress without becoming overwhelmed.
Reduce stress by prioritizing and organizing.  Your ability to maintain a sense of self-control in stressful situations will often be well-received by coworkers, as well as managers.  
This can be accomplished by creating a balanced schedule.  Analyze your schedule, responsibilities and your daily tasks. Try to find a balance between work and family life.
Don’t over-commit yourself.  All too often, we underestimate how long things will take.  If you’ve got too much on your plate, distinguish between what should be done as opposed to what must be done.
Drop the tasks that aren’t truly necessary to the bottom of your list or eliminate them entirely.
Being aware of your stress and how it affects your work safety can help you avoid accidents and injuries.

Stress is not what happens to us.
It’s our response to what happens.
And response is something we can choose.

Maureen Killoran