Let’s be honest, so much of our day is consumed with work. Making sure the neediest clients are satisfied while trying to keep up with the perfectionist expectations of a company that clearly doesn’t pay well.
Today I watched a co-worker breakdown into tears and start having an anxiety attack because… well, it all hit her too hard. Amidst the tears and incoherent conversation I clearly understood that she was not coping. She was afraid of being fired for not completing the thousands of deadlines due this week but also scared to ask for help because she didn’t want anyone to think that she couldn’t do her job.
In my opinion, no one should ever allow their jobs to have this much power. Yes, you need the money to pay the bills and fund vacations but anytime your workload begins to especially affect your mental health then it’s time to ask for help.
5 WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS AT WORK
1. Work to Live, Don’t Live to Work
This seems pretty obvious but keeping a work-life balance is essential. Don’t be the person staying in the office until midnight to only turn around and come back at the crack of dawn. Working remotely can also be a quick downfall so maintaining an active personal life is important. Sometimes it can be hard keeping your work and personal life separate but find ways of setting boundaries. A good example would be deleting your work email from your phone or implementing “quiet hours”…. Crazy right?! Truth is, the office will survive without you and furthermore, you won’t be so insane the next morning.
2. Schedule Your Day
Managing your time effectively is an easy way of streamlining your day while becoming more productive. First, tackle the task you dread most in the morning. Handling it up front will make the day less stressful. After that, figure out what needs to be worked on throughout the day and set time limits on each project. Personally, I like to block out 2 hours for one project and then move on to the next.
3. Don’t Participate in Office Drama
Sometimes hanging out by the morning coffee pot can feel like the beginning of a high school mean-girls movie. Rumors start, gossip runs rapid and by that afternoon you’ll be part of a group called into HR. It’s ok to become friends with your coworkers but when those relationships turn toxic and begin to impact your career it’s time to sit down and refocus.
4. Take Breaks Away From the Office
One of the biggest office pet-peeves is coworkers eating at their desks. I am a firm believer of allowing yourself to take a BREAK. Sitting at your desk, working unpaid through lunch will only make your day more strained. If you’re like me and hate eating in the lunchroom then consider finding yourself an off-site spot. Luckily, my job is within walking distance of a community park that is perfect for a lunch picnic and quick meditation.
5. Be Organized
Everyone has their own chaotic system but staying organized will make your work-life more productive. If you’re Microsoft excel savvy then implementing spreadsheets can be an amazing tool to utilize. Another great software is Evernote, which is an online system that can help elevate your organization skills to the next level.
How have you been reducing work-stress? Comment below and share your tips!
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