We’ve all been there, and at times it may seem like we’ll never be out of there. You know, that place where it seems like you’re going to be eaten alive by stress. It almost seems like you’re drowning in it and there’s no way to get out.
What if I told you that there were a few ways to prevent that from happening, right now? Would you believe me?
As someone who has dealt with the stresses of school, work, and life all at the same time, I’m telling you there are ways to prevent stress from accumulating. It won’t happen overnight, but if you keep practicing these skills every day, then you’ll learn how to conquer stress in the workplace once and for all.
Stress can be caused by many things, and one way to prevent it is by staying organized. I know, I know, you hear it all the time. But it’s true! Organize your days, weeks, and months. Get a nifty planner that you write all of your plans in. Go through your work schedule at the beginning of each day and figure out what needs to be done first. By doing this, you’ll know when tasks need to be completed when, immediately decreasing your stress.
Want to take it to the next level? Create a checklist every day, and check off tasks as you complete them. Not only will this help you stay organized on a daily basis, but it will also give you a sense of accomplishment – which will lead to more confidence.
Go for a lunchtime walk
Ever get a mild form of cabin fever while putting in a long day at the office? I know I have, and it doesn’t help my stress level. The perfect remedy for avoiding this is to go for a lunchtime walk. Now I know around this time of year the weather is not ideal for a walk outside, but even a quick lap around the building will clear your head. The fresh air will rejuvenate you and help you keep stress at a minimum.
Want to take it to the next level? Have an office competition on who can complete the most laps in a week. Even if the top-walker doesn’t win anything, office bragging rights are always good to have.
Maintain a good work-life balance
The last thing you want is for work stress to trickle into your home life, and vise-versa. If you’re constantly thinking about work, then the stress will never go away. It will start to accumulate and will eventually lead to a burnout. Go home, take a break to unwind after work, and put your feet up. We can’t spend all 16 hours a day away from work, but we can spend a few. Make sure to focus on you while you aren’t in the office.
Want to take it to the next level? Start a new TV show or make weekly plans with your family or friends. If you have something to look forward to after work every day, it will help you block off stress. Check out how you can conquer work-life balance here.
Distract your mind
Lunchtime isn’t the only time you should be giving your mind a break. If you’re intensely concentrated for eight hours straight with an hour break in between, not only will your stress accumulate, but your productivity may not be at its highest. Distract your mind a few times every day, and your stress levels will decrease. Watch a video or mouth the words to your favorite song. Heck, I even do push-ups sometimes. It’s all about finding a 2-3 minute way to distract your mind a few times throughout the day.
Want to take it to the next level and really impress your boss? Go wipe down the counter in the break room or wipe down the appliances. Not only will this be a quick distraction, but the office will love you and you’ll reap the benefits for days to come!
These aren’t too fancy, and they don’t cost any money, but they do work for helping to manage stress in the workplace. By implementing these simple practices into your life your stress levels will have a much better chance of decreasing, and it will also help your productivity in the workplace.