Reducing stress at work
Don’t spread yourself too thin.
- Don’t over-commit yourself
Avoid scheduling things back-to-back or trying to fit too much into one day. If you’ve got too much on your plate, distinguish between the “shoulds” and the “musts.” Drop tasks that aren’t truly necessary to the bottom of the list or eliminate them entirely.
You don’t have to do it all yourself. If other people can take care of the task, why not let them? Let go of the desire to control or oversee every little step. You’ll be letting go of unnecessary stress in the process.
- Break projects into small steps
If a large project seems overwhelming, make a step-by-step plan. Focus on one manageable step at a time, rather than taking on everything at once.
Rework your work routine
- Create a balanced schedule
Analyze your schedule, responsibilities, and daily tasks. Once you do this, you can schedule so you don’t get overloaded and stressed out. It’s all a matter of planning. All work and no play is a recipe for burnout. Try to find a balance between work and family life, social activities and solitary pursuits, daily responsibilities and downtime.
- Plan regular breaks
Sometimes you just need a few minutes to get away from it all. Think about something else for 10 minutes. Go outside for some fresh air. These little breaks in your day can work wonders. Physical movement or finding a quiet place to regain your balance can quickly reduce stress.
Work/stress reducers that start at home
- Make food choices that keep you going
Low blood sugar can make you feel anxious and irritable, while eating too much can make you lethargic. Healthy eating can help you get through stressful work days. By eating small but frequent meals, you can help your body maintain an even level of blood sugar, keep your energy up, stay focused, and avoid mood swings.
- Get enough sleep
Not only can stress and worry cause insomnia, but a lack of sleep can leave you vulnerable to even more stress. When you’re well-rested, it’s much easier to keep your emotional balance, a key factor in coping with job and workplace stress. Try to improve the quality of your sleep by keeping a sleep schedule and aiming for 8 hours a night.
- Try to leave earlier in the morning
Take your time getting to work. Relax and don’t rush. Even 10-15 minutes can make the difference between frantically rushing to your desk and having time to ease into your day. Don’t add to your stress levels by running late.