Make it Happens: 6 Ways to Reduce Stress in the Workplace

Working in a stressful environment can have all sorts of negative results both for the employee and the employer. From more sick days to unhappy…

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Working in a stressful environment can have all sorts of negative results both for the employee and the employer. From more sick days to unhappy teams and lack of focus to not achieving targets. So here are six ways that you can reduce stress on a day to day basis.

1. A problem shared

Discussing any problems with a colleague/supervisor can help relieve the worry that is causing the stress. It may be something they can help you directly with or come up with a solution to deal with it. Also, sometimes it just helps to say problems out loud and talk about it as it may not be as stressful as you have built up in your head.

2. Take a break

Try switching off from work for half hour or so. Go for a walk in your lunch break. Don't sit at your desk eating your lunch while still taking phone calls/emails. Of course, sometimes there is not time to take a full lunch break but as and when you can try and take a break, even just 10 minutes. This gives you enough time to clear your head and then get back to work with a fresh outlook.

3. Get a plan in place

Try to organise your day first thing in the morning or the night before (a weekly plan can help). This helps to make sure you are being realistic about how much you can get done and what can be achieved in the time you have. If you have everything written down on a to do list, you just need to tick it off, which can be stress reducing in itself. Plus you are not worrying about what you may have missed and getting distracted from the main tasks.

Another quick little tip is to keep your desk and work area as tidy as possible. As the saying goes "tidy desk equals tidy mind".

4. ZZZZ – get ready for a good night sleep

After a good night sleep, you'll feel ready for any challenge that comes your way! It is recommended that you get 8 hours a night – tall order for most people – but give it a try. It can make such a difference to your mental attitude. Also turn off any phones or tablets at least one hour before you try to go to sleep. This gives you a better chance of falling into a more relaxed deep sleep rather than your mind running 100mph as your head hits the pillow.

5. Exercise

If you can fit in 30 minutes of exercise a day – even just a brisk walk - this will produce endorphins in the brain that can improve the ability to sleep and relax. Also, sometimes it is simply a good way to switch off from everything and focus on a challenge that is not work related.

6. Eat well and drink lots of water

Look after yourself. Along with exercising and getting a good night sleep you should try to eat a well-balanced diet. It is not always the easiest to do but getting the right fuel for your body and brain can help to impact your mood and the way you deal with everyday issues. Stress negatively affects blood pressure and blood flow, but nutrients from eating well can radically improve this and help you to feel more in control.

Do share with us ways that you try to counter balance work stress.