Research claims that the number of individuals who are stressed because of working continuously is increasing day by day. Naturally, this is not a good sign. Stress leads to health problems like common colds and viral flu, but it can also lead to more severe health issues like heart diseases. Along with adversely affecting health, stress is known to be a cause for straining relationships, lower productivity, and depression.
While finding a stress free or a low-stress job is not a possibility for most people, it is necessary to manage the stress or adopt a way in which stress can be reduced.
Given below are some simple, yet effective ways to let go of office stress:
- Begin your day right:
Starting off your day stressed about being on time, traffic, getting ready, waking up late and all of that is a sure shot sign that you are going to be stressed at work too. Make sure you get enough sleep and wake up half an hour early if you’re always running late. Don’t have a rushed breakfast as proper nutrition is key to a peaceful mind. If you can, clock in just 10 to 15 minutes of meditation and breathing exercises. These few minutes of calmness will make a world of a difference. Make sure you take on your day with a positive attitude, be optimistic and plan your day.
- Keep away from drama:
Office drama is fun and entertaining with you’re not a part of it, when you’re just a spectator. But it’s equally stressful when you are part of the drama. Office conflict causes a lot of emotional and physical stress. It is best to avoid conflict as much as possible. Avoid gossiping with your office buddies about other co-workers, give neutral opinions and draw a line when it comes to making a joke of others.
- Stay organized:
Being disorganized and messy is a great cause of stress. Try to stay are organized as you can and plan ahead of time. Begin your day by listing out all the tasks you need to tackle and how much time you would require to finish them. Bring together all the resources you need and get rid of all the unnecessary clutter. Staying organized saves you time as you are not wasting time looking for things while performing your task. Therefore, you become more productive and use your time effectively. It also helps you get rid of stress caused due to having a cluttered mind or environment.
- Don’t try to multitask:
Multitasking might be a great way to use time more efficiently and get more work done during the day. However, trying to do too many things at the same time affects the quality of work performed as you are not focussed. Which means, the work might need to be re-done or re-assessed. This takes up more time and adds to your stress, making the concept of multitasking redundant. You would rather do one task perfectly and then only take up another. This also helps in being organized.
- Say no:
It often happens that you cannot say no. You want to prove yourself at your workplace and thus say yes to everything your boss throws your way. More work means more working hours. More working hours means extra exhaustion. You need no more stress and exhaustion in your life. So the next time your boss asks you to stay on longer to finish off some extra work, or your co-worker asks you for some help on his or her task, put your foot down and so if you can’t do it. After a long day, you would rather have some time to yourself to unwind than spend a few more hours in that office that you have to come back to in the next 12 hours.
- Talk to your co-workers:
Talking to your colleagues is a great way to form new relationships and beat the stress. It’s ideal to make friends with someone who has similar interests as you. You’ll have a lot to talk about during the short breaks you take during work to divert your mind and help you re-energize. Even if you’ll don’t have anything common to talk about, as long as you like each other’s personalities, you have someone to vent out all your stress too. This person is sure to understand as he or she is probably going through something similar. You can even help each other to deal with the stress.
- Take breathers:
Being overworked is the most common cause of office stress. And being stressed often leads to you being counterproductive. One of the best ways to deal with work stress is to make sure you take a couple of short breaks during the day. You can go for a walk and get some fresh air during the short breaks between work hours to clear your mind.
- Take some time off for yourself:
It is important to have some time for yourself and your thoughts to avoid getting stressed. Plan some weekend getaways and some week or fortnight-long holidays. On weekends, do things you like to do and make some time for yourself. Like go for picnics or hikes or just spend the entire day with your family or spend a day relaxing at the spa. Taking long breaks is also essential as it helps break the monotony of the mundane stressful schedule.
- Don’t worry about the things you cannot control:
You may have multiple causes of stress. Now distinguish between the stressors that you can gain control of and those that are not in your control. Since there are some things you cannot control, let go of them. The ones you can control, work towards completing them and knock them off your list one by one.
- Be realistic:
You might want to prove yourself to your boss, co-workers and even yourself. And to do this, you might set extremely tight deadlines and take up more than you can manage to lead to nothing but poor work and added stress. So, be realistic about how much work you can take up and how long you will take to complete it. Don’t over commit or else, stress will overshadow and that will definitely reflect on your work.