We all experience stress at work from time to time, but there are ways we can manage it. Here are 7 tips for managing work place stress:
It can be very overwhelming watching your to-do list get longer and longer. Take some time to prioritise the most urgent tasks and do them first. Break down the big tasks into smaller ones so they are more manageable.
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that just looking at clutter can spur the body’s production of stress hormones. So, doing a quick tidy up of your desk could do wonders for your stress levels.
Get a hobby
Having something outside of work that you can put your energy into is a great way to reduce stress. Even better if it’s an active hobby as all the endorphins you release will put you in a positive mood.
Take a break
Always take a lunch break. It’s an opportunity to get some fresh air, breathe, and release any stress that’s built up during the morning.
Eat right and sleep well
Getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep at night and eating the right foods will help your brain work more productively. Eating sugary or fatty food during the day can often be the cause of your mid-afternoon slump.
Know your limits
Being able to manage a big workload while working to tight deadlines is a great attribute to have, especially for potential employers. However, saying yes to every request and taking on more work than you can handle is detrimental to your own wellbeing and performance.
Ask for help
It’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help. If you’re struggling to cope, talk to your manager or speak to a work colleague about sharing your workload.