Different people do different things to deal with stress at work. Some power through their tasks, others buckle under the pressure and fail to deliver. Some go for a walk, some take a long weekend break. But there is one more way to handle stress at work.
Unfortunately, both grinding through and getting away have potential pitfalls. There will be burnout in the former, and no resolution if we follow the latter. So, the need for a better solution to handle stress at work.
This alternative could be learning something new. This can mean picking up a new skill, gathering new information, or seeking out intellectual challenges. Learning brings us new information and knowledge that can be useful for solving near-term stressful problems. It also equips us with new skills and capabilities to address or even prevent future stressors.
Anshu Tripathi, Head of HR at Infibeams Avenues, suggests, “Learning something new breaks the monotony of work. As you concentrate on something new, it takes your attention away from the thing causing stress.”
Here’s how learning can help deal with stress at work.
Taking The Positive Tone
Each challenge can be framed in a positive angle by looking at it as a learning opportunity. You could learn some skill or competency that can directly strike at the root of stress.
As A Team Effort
Learning also puts you in connection with others who may be facing similar challenges or stresses. Sharing the experience in a learning environment can help you find a resolution through others’ stories or at least act as a catharsis for your own stress.
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As A Work Break
Instead of a long weekend, learning something equips you better to deal with stress. It helps you feel in control of the situation, instead of a helpless feeling when you come back from the break.
Embracing learning can be a more active way to buffer yourself from the negative effects of stress at work.