Stress – it’s no joke. We all experience it to some level, but studies show that too much stress at work can cause a whole array of awful symptoms: increased blood pressure, problems sleeping, fatigue, upset stomach, headaches, anxiety, and depression. Stress at work also causes depletion of energy, trouble concentrating, and an overall sense of apathy.
Since 2018 is just around the corner, make it one of your goals for the New Year to take action and reduce your stress levels at work. If you follow the below 6 simple methods, you’ll find yourself feeling more peaceful AND productive in no time!
1 | Form Positive Relationships
- Develop friendships with your coworkers.
- Motivate your work friends and turn to them when you’re feeling stressed so they can help motivate you in return.
- Lean on friends and family for support.
2 | Create a Happy and Motivating Work Space
- Post inspirational quotes in your cubicle or office.
- Purchase office supplies in bright colors or fun patterns.
- Put up photos of family and friends at your desk.
- Add a plant to your desk to increase oxygen flow and enhance your environment.
3 | Exercise
- Exercise increases your energy, sharpens your focus, and improves your mood.
- Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily.
- Make it a point to stand up and/or walk around throughout the day. Purchase a Standing Desk Workstation for your desk to avoid sitting all day, which decreases energy and is bad for your health.
- If you can’t find time to exercise in the mornings or evenings, take a short walk over your lunch break or do some exercises at your desk.
4| Take Advantage of Your Breaks
- Avoid making a habit out of working through your breaks.
- Use your break to do something rejuvenating, so that you come back to work feeling refreshed, focused, and ready to tackle your afternoon tasks. Get lunch with a friend or eat your lunch in a park.
- If you’re feeling stressed about your personal to-do list, use your break to tackle some of those nagging chores or run errands.
5 | Listen to Music
- Listening to music at work can boost your mood and even increase your productivity, especially during repetitive tasks.
- Use music to help block out outside noise from your work environment.
- During more difficult tasks, opt for lyric-free music options.
6 | Prioritize & Organize
- Make it a priority to purchase a planner that is right for you. Click here for planner tips and ideas.
- Before you start your day at work, take a few minutes to write down the tasks you need to accomplish.
- Reduce clutter in your work area. Research shows that just looking at clutter can make you feel stressed, so clear off your desk and organize your files to help clear your mind.