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Improving your Surroundings or Workplace

By: Jo Johnson - Updated: 26 Dec 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Improving Your Surroundings Or Workplace

For most of us work can be stressful at times if not most of the time, and this can add to our frustrations and anger levels. There are however some important but maybe not so obvious considerations in the workplace that may be able to decrease people’s stress levels and help to maintain a more peaceful and productive working environment.

Work-Life Balance.

It is no secret that trying to bring up a family, run a home and hold down employment can test the patience of the most calm people so making sure you are organised is essential in keeping an even keel and remaining on top of things.If you are struggling to achieve an acceptable balance between your work and your home and family it may be time to reduce your hours or even your job.If these are not viable options can you talk to your manager or employer about changing your shift pattern or carrying out some of your duties at home?If you have a human resources department it may be worthwhile making an appointment for an informal discussion to find out what your rights and options are. The government is working hard to try and make working parents lives easier providing them with more time at home whilst maintaining their salary and the laws around this issue are changing every year.

Communication

Learning how to communicate more effectively can significantly reduce your stress and anger levels. By making sure you know exactly what you are going to say and say exactly what you mean can really help prevent any misunderstandings and can also allow you to make your point quickly without wasting time.

Colours

It may sound silly but the colour of your environment can significantly affect your mood. When you are trying to sleep for instance, a loud and bright bedroom may not help instigate sleep and can add to an already stressful day. Simply by reducing the amount of clutter and fussiness in your home and work can ease stress and reduce anger.Spend a few hours observing how your environment affects you or other people.

Sounds

The same principles apply to sound. Constant noise can give us a headache do make sure you have a change of scenery when you feel stress building, or wear headphones or ear plugs when you are working to avoid distraction and aid concentration.Soothing music can be very therapeutic when you are relaxing and can ease tension and stress. On the reverse however is playing loud or fast music. When you are exercising or working out some excess energy, a favourite rock song or dance track can really help you relieve some of your pent up emotions and frustrations and is a great way of managing anger effectively.

Making a few subtle changes in your working or home environment can make a real difference to the amount of stress you are faced with and how you manage it. By preventing stress we can help reduce the incidence and severity of anger especially when the issue is not really worthy getting so emotional over.Spending a few minutes observing your environment and behaviour can reveal some very interesting issues about your character and the characters of those around you.

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