Simple Tips for Fighting Stress in the Workplace

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Just about anyone will tell you that their job is stressful. Unfortunately, it’s become all too common for people to feel overworked, frazzled, and stressed to the max.

Constant stress will leave you tired, unable to sleep at night, and could even lead to health conditions like high blood pressure.

The office doesn’t have to be so stressful, though. Check out these simple tips for reducing stress in your workplace.

Start Your Day Right

How you start your day will greatly affect everything else.

Think about your morning routine for a minute. Are you smashing the snooze button over and over until you run out of time? Perhaps you’re rushing out the door with coffee and no breakfast. Or, are you combating tons of traffic, and arriving at the office with no time to spare?

If your morning routine is stressful, how can you expect that stress not to carry over into your work day? Start your day with a better, less-stressful morning routine and get off on the right foot.

Try prepping some “grab and go” breakfast options on Sunday evening before the work week begins. It can also be helpful to lay out work clothes the night before. If possible, leave earlier so you won’t be stressed when you get stuck in traffic. Just whatever you do, don’t hit the snooze button!

Stay Organized

I know how difficult it can be to keep your workspace organized while you’re slammed with work that needs to get done. However, nothing will stress you out more than a desk or office that looks like a hurricane hit it.

Visually, clutter is distracting and can make even the best of us feel anxious. Plus, disorganization is going to make it harder for you to work efficiently.

Cleaning up the clutter will boost productivity. It will also help you save time, as you’ll be able to find files, important documents, and even office supplies with ease.

One Thing at a Time

In theory, multitasking sounds like a great way to maximize your time and get lots of things done. In reality, it does the opposite.

Multitasking splits your attention between many tasks all at once, and your speed and accuracy are likely to suffer big time. Besides, piling a bunch of tasks on yourself at once can be overwhelming.

Instead, try focusing on one task at a time. It’ll make you feel less frazzled, and you’ll probably find that you’re more efficient, too.

Take a Break

I can’t stress the importance of this one enough.

When you’re overloaded with work, it seems like pushing through it until the end of the day is the best way to get it all done. I know you’ve worked through your lunch break at least a couple of times before.

Stop working through lunch breaks. Don’t eat lunch at your desk. Your brain needs that break, and it’s important to refuel your energy.

On top of lunch breaks, schedule other small breaks for yourself throughout the day. It could just be time to take a walk down the hall to grab a snack, time to sit and do a breathing exercise, or just time to stand up and stretch your legs.

By taking breaks, your productivity will increase, and your stress levels will decrease.