As an employee in the modern workforce, you may be very familiar with feelings of stress in the office. And you’re not alone; 83% of Americans can point to at least one factor that causes them stress on the job. Whether it’s due to a heavy workload, low pay, pressure from superiors, or your job not being in your preferred field, stress is becoming increasingly common in the workplace. In the past year, the number of individuals who experienced stress at work has increased by 10%, making it more important now than ever to effectively manage your stress.
- Having an abundance of assignments, projects, and tasks to perform at work can seem overwhelming. This makes prioritizing your duties extremely important.
- Write down everything that you need to accomplish, assign deadlines and prioritize what is most important. Being able to see everything you need to do and having a plan to get it done will allow you to relax and feel confident about accomplishing your goals.
- You may be like many workers who get into the habit of working non-stop. You eat lunch at your desk and only take a break when you’re going to the restroom. It’s essential to notice and break this cycle. Give your mind and body a chance to relax and recharge, even if it’s just for 5 minutes.
- Stand up and stretch, take a quick walk around the block, grab a snack in the break room, or talk with your co-workers; any way you can find to break your non-stop work cycle. Never underestimate the power of a few deep breaths to instantly relieve some stress!
Remember Your Health
- Make sure you are eating healthy meals and snacks. This may seem difficult when fast food is tempting and convenient, but it will help you to avoid the excess fats, sugars, and carbohydrates that are in fast food (which contribute to stress).
- When you’re eating those healthy foods, make sure you are drinking plenty of water! Caffeine can cause your stress to spike, so try to avoid soda, coffee, and energy drinks as much as possible.
- Get plenty of sleep! Set a bedtime and stick to it so that your body can recharge after a busy day. Keeping a steady sleep schedule will ensure that you are well-rested the next morning.
Whether you’re new to the working world or a pro at the 9 to 5 routine, applying any of these techniques should help to make your time at work more enjoyable and stress-free. So sit back, take a few deep breaths, and get back to work!