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Ease Work Stress by Reaching Out

Updated: Mar 1, 2019

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Work stress

Sharing a problem is incredibly powerful. Just feeling heard by another person can be very calming and also can help us to get some perspective. If you can find someone you can talk to about a problem you are experiencing at work, someone who is able to offer support and sympathy, you will quickly regain a sense of balance.

Turn to co-workers for support. Having a solid support system at work can help buffer you from the negative effects of job stress. Just remember to listen to them and offer support when they are in need as well. If you don't have a close friend at work, you can take steps to be more social with your coworkers. When you take a break, for example, instead of directing your attention to your smartphone, try engaging your colleagues.

Lean on your friends and family members. As well as increasing social contact at work, having a strong network of supportive friends and family members is extremely important to managing stress in all areas of your life. On the flip side, the lonelier and more isolated you are, the greater your vulnerability to stress.

Build new satisfying friendships. If you don't feel that you have anyone to turn to—at work or in your free time—it's never too late to build new friendships Meet new people with common interests by taking a class or joining a club, or by volunteering. As well as being a great way to expand your social network, being helpful to others—especially those who are appreciative—delivers immense pleasure and can help to significantly reduce stress.


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