Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance
People have many different ways of coping with stress that they may experience at work. It is important, however, that in order to maintain productivity in the workplace, that you avoid the following coping mechanisms, for whilst they may have short term benefits, the long term effect on your productivity and your health leave a lot to be desired.
Some people try to cope by having a few drinks in the evening. The alcohol soothes them and allows them to forget their worries for the night. The problems with this, in the long term, however, can be catastrophic. At best, you will find yourself becoming lethargic during the day, having to work through the hangovers every morning and being irritable with workmates. This does very little for your productivity in the workplace. At worst, you are risking serious health problems in the future. This kind of coping mechanism is to be avoided!
Overeating or Under Eating
It is well known that some people cope with problems by altering their eating pattern. Clearly, either approach has potential health problems, but even without considering those, they will have a massive effect on your ability to work. If you are under eating you will lack energy, meaning that even the simplest tasks at work will seem that harder; increasing your stress levels. Overeat and you will start to think more about your stomach than your work; again, your productivity will decrease as your stress levels rise.
Never put off today what you could do tomorrow; for what will you then do with tomorrow’s work? Procrastination is an avoidance technique; trying to tell yourself that you can forget the stress because the job isn’t important. Sadly, this is rarely the case, and putting off work places you under more pressure as the deadline draws near.
Avoid these stress-coping mechanisms or your productivity in the workplace, as well as your health, will deteriorate.
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