In Part 2 of this blog series about different types of stress by WU World Changer Suzanne Kane, she will share a list of 10 simple tips to help you decrease work stress. Late joining this series? Catch up with Part 1!
Are you stressed at work, like you can’t catch a break? Work stress can kill you if you don’t do something about it. But what should you do?
Here are 10 tips to decrease work stress you can begin today.
Figure out what’s causing you stress.
Before you can begin to decrease work stress, it’s helpful to know what’s causing your stress. Are you taking on too many projects at once? Is your boss expecting too much from you?
By analyzing what bothers you at work, you can pinpoint ways to effectively deal with the stressor. For example, if you’re overworked, you must carve out some of those responsibilities. Either delegate or reduce them.
Take regular breaks.
Working nonstop wears you down, increases stress, and makes you miserable. Take regular breaks to get out of this dilemma. Even if you only get a short morning and afternoon break, you can still stand up and walk around at regular intervals. Mini-breaks help you compartmentalize what you were doing and provide a buffer against stress.
Cut down on tasks.
When your to-do list gets out of hand, you’ve got too much to handle. The quickest way around this is to pare the number of tasks. Streamline, combine similar ones and delete or delegate others. If you have 30 tasks listed, see how many are necessary and which ones are perhaps no longer relevant. Cut the list in half. That’s a good start to lighten your load and help decrease work stress.
Prioritize what’s necessary.
Some work items need to rank high on your to-do list. Some are time-sensitive, while others require the assistance of others only briefly available. Other items on your to-do list, however, don’t require immediate action. Rank them lower on the list or prepare a separate list for when there’s a lull.
By prioritizing things, you exert control over when and what you work on. This helps reduce the stress that often goes with work-related duties and responsibilities.
When you’re trying to work on a task or project, listening to your nearby co-workers’ conversations will not help productivity. And constantly checking your email messages won’t keep you focused on the work at hand. Nonstop interruptions of any kind drain energy, scattered attention and limit ability to get work done.
When you’re less distracted, you can concentrate on what you need to do now. This is a terrific way to curb stress at work and something very much in your control.
Confide in someone you trust.
Bottled up stress makes you feel like you’re going to burst. That’s not pleasant and it won’t go away on its own. Find someone you trust to confide in. This doesn’t mean you do a mind dump. That just exhausts you and your confidante. Maybe talk about the biggest thing that’s bothering you, the one causing you the most stress.
Also, avoid abusing your relationship with too many instances of crying the blues. Balance your time with that person by doing other things. Ask about his or her problems and listen without interrupting to talk about your own.
Meditate or try yoga.
Meditation helps you get in touch with your inner self. Through meditation, you don’t force items out of your mind, you acknowledge their presence and allow them to dissipate. This is a huge boost in reducing work stress. Another way to decrease work stress is to practice yoga.
Eat well and sleep better.
Too much word stress also wreaks havoc on your health in other ways. You tend to eat inappropriate foods, eat too much or fail to eat altogether. You’re also likely to experience disruptive sleep.
To decrease work stress, begin at home with good self-care. Eat well-balanced, nutritious meals. Get eight hours of sleep each night. Your body requires adequate nutrition and rest to function properly and fight the cumulative effects of stress.
Start to exercise.
Think that scheduling time for exercise has no place in your busy life? On the contrary, when you exercise, your energy levels get a boost, your mood lightens, and you’re better able to channel the anxiety and stress you feel at work.
Enjoy a recreational activity or hobby.
If you’re so caught up in work projects that you have no time to do things you enjoy, your life is seriously out of balance. Remedy that by figuring out something you can do away from work that takes your mind completely away from anything work-related.