Stress is an epidemic in the workplace, and it can not only drain our energy, verve, and motivation but also cost our business a tremendous amount in absenteeism as well. Happily, there are some strategies you can use to reduce it. Read on to find out what they are.
Value your breaks
First off, if you think that doing loads of overtime, and skipping lunch and coffees breaks, as well vacations is doing you good, you are gravely mistaken.
In fact, not valuing breaks from work can actually cause a myriad of problems. The first can be exhaustion, both mental and physical which can negatively affect your performance and motivation.
The second issue that many people don't pay much mind to is that if you are always at your desk working when everyone else has gone how it might not be creating the impression that you hope. After all, it may mean that you're not handling the work that you are assigned efficiently and therefore instead of appearing dedicated to your job, you're signaling that it's not actually going that well.
Improve your productivity
A straightforward way to reduce the stress that you feel at work is to make it easier to get the key things you need to complete done. Of course, the most straightforward way of doing this is to focus on tactics that improve your productivity.
Happily, there are quite a few different ones you can try including working in line with the Pomodoro method, as well as batching similar tasks so you don't have to change focus and can complete things faster.
It can even be useful to use a priority organization system like an Eisenhower matrix, or even a top three with a brain dump. The idea of the latter being that you write down everything that is buzzing around in your head and then pick the three things that will have the most positive effect on the project you are working on. Thus reducing the stress, you feel to complete every single task.
Take proactive steps to reduce work stress
Another smart way to reduce the stress that work can cause is to proactive measure to minimize its impact.
Of course, this is much easier if the business that you work for has a corporate wellness scheme. The reason being that such schemes offer on-site exercise classes to boost your endorphins, as well as nutritional advice, and even stretching session to prevent tension and headaches from sitting behind your computer for too long.
Remember you aren't your job
So many of us heap extra stress on our own shoulders by believing that our identity comes solely from our success at work. However, it can really help you to manage your stress levels to remember that work isn't what makes us who we are. In fact, we are so much more than we do during the period between 9am and 5pm.
To that end, reminding yourself from time to time that your job is just that, a job and not your entire identity can be beneficial if we want to beat stress in the workplace.