Workplace stress is a serious subject. Everyone who has had a job has experienced stress at work. Even if you love what you do, any job can have stressful elements. These elements can be meeting deadlines, fulfilling challenges, or working with people whose personalities clash with yours. While some stress is normal, excessive stress can have an impact on productivity and can even affect your physical and emotional health. It is good to know that you can have great influence on how stressed you get, or even how often it happens. Here are some ways that can help you reduce workplace stress.
Take One Thing at a Time
The average worker has between 30-100 projects on their plate. It is up to you to prioritize what project to work on first, depending on the urgency or deadline of each. Working on one project at a time will make you feel much better and prevent you from getting overwhelmed - plus it will keep you more organized! This will make it easier for you to focus and be more productive.
Have a List
I am a big fan of lists. They help me keep things in order and remember things that I would otherwise forget. Studies have proven that writing things down helps improve your memory, so make it a routine to write a to-do list for your week every Monday. Once you become use to that routine, having one for each day of the week will become even more helpful. It is important to keep your daily to-do lists very short, like only having 1-3 tasks, for example.
Take a Break
Most people believe that if they work for a full 8-10 hours without stopping, they will get more work done. This isn’t necessarily true. When someone works all day without stopping, productivity actually goes down and stress levels go up. Not taking breaks will wear you out, leaving you with little energy for activities you may have later in the day, such as spending time with family and friends. When you write down your “to-do” list, make sure to schedule small breaks throughout the day. Walk around the office, stretch at your desk, do breathing exercises, or even a quick word puzzle!
Eat Right & Sleep Well
Everything that you put into your body will have an effect on it. Eating healthy foods will give your body energy, whereas eating badly will leave you feeling less energized. Foods that are high in fat and calories can leave you feeling fatigued, since they require more energy to digest. Some energy boosting foods to consider are asparagus, brown rice, avocados, berries, honey, apples, nuts, green tea, etc.
It is well known that sleeping for at least 8 hours every night is very important for the body to recover. Not only does sleep help your body recover, but it also boosts your mood. When you get a good night sleep, you automatically feel better and are able to tackle the day’s stress with ease. When you are tired, you become less patient and more easily agitated, which in turn increases stress.
Don’t Be a Mind Reader
A lot of stress sometimes happens because of misunderstandings. When miscommunication occurs, misunderstanding follows, which leads to potential mistakes. Don’t try to read people’s minds. If you don’t understand something, or don’t know how to do something, ask! Some people fear asking for instructions or explanations because they don’t want to sound ignorant (help Alden), but there is no such thing as a stupid question. By communicating you will have a lot less unnecessary conflicts, and you will waste less of your time.
These are only a few tips to reduce workplace stress. It is understandable that some jobs come with a lot of stress, but like I mentioned before, you have the power to control it.
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