Working in the laboratory can be highly stressful. Managing stress effectively is a challenge but it isn’t impossible. Here are a few simple tips for managing stress in laboratory.
Take a Deep Breath – When you are stressed out, breathing does not come so easily to you. So, when you feel you are under stress, just keep aside all your work and take a few deep breaths. Slowly breathe in through your nose, pause for sometime and exhale slowly again through your mouth. Continue to do this a few times and your will see the difference.
Slow & Steady Wins – True to the saying ‘slow and steady wins the race’, in a laboratory, it is essential to go slow and steady in order to reduce the possibility of errors and the stress they are bound to cause. Go slow but steady and you will see your work starts going smooth and error free.
Meditate – Meditation is a great way of reducing stress. There are different types of meditation styles. You can choose the one that you are comfortable with. It could be either meditation with the help of music or without it. Plan and dedicate some time daily for meditation and you will see how it helps you in a couple of weeks. It will not only reduce your stress but make you calm, patient and stronger as a person.
Positive Attitude – Attitude matters and affects everything you do. Every day begin with a positive attitude about a good and stress free day. Even if stress starts building up, stop and realign yourself, think about a positive and fulfilling day and restart work.
Take a short break – This one really works well. While working take a short break after every 2 to 3 hours of work. You can either take a short stroll outside or listen to a soothing song or music or relax. This will rejuvenate you for the coming hours and help keep stress at bay.
Avoid Distractions – With technology bringing information and connections to your pocket or palm, with so many messages, emails and forwards coming in regularly on your phone, it is bound to distract you and not let you concentrate on your work. So, while working as a practice, try stay away from the messages and emails. You may, well, check them when you are taking a break every couple of hours but not as and when they come in. This will not only waste your time but also effect your quality of work.
Follow a hobby – This is not while at work but as a part of your daily routine, try to follow some hobby of yours, be it painting, playing a musical instrument, dancing, gardening, exercise or yoga. Dedicate atleast 30 minutes a day to it and see how it effects your mental health in a positive way.
Try the aforementioned tips and see how they create a positive change in your work life or lab life rather.
Rajarajeswari Medical College and Hospital , Bangalore, Karnataka