Many people feel stressed in the workplace from time to time. While workdays shouldn’t be stressful every day, an unusually heavy workload, a difficult task or a tight deadline can all increase your stress levels.
To help reduce and even eliminate your work-related stress during these days, and during all workdays, follow these seven tips:
- Keep a To-Do List
A list can help keep you organized and keep you from being overwhelmed with any of your tasks, big or small. Keep your list short and realistically attainable for a single day. Check off each item on your list to help you feel a sense of accomplishment.
- Arrive at Work 10 Minutes Early
This doesn’t mean you should work an extra 10 minutes every day; this tactic gives you time to catch your breath before starting your day. Your day will be less stressful from the start when you know you will be on time and even have extra time to grab a coffee or a quick breakfast before settling in with ease.
- Get it Out of the Way
Any work that you consider to be difficult, demanding or stressful should be done at a time that you are most productive (early in the morning, after lunch, etc.). Once it’s done, you will breathe easier knowing that you have accomplished that difficult task.
- Take it One Day at a Time
When working on a specific task, don’t think about the work you did yesterday or what is due tomorrow or next week. Focus on what needs to be done today and focus on getting it done now.
- Ask for Help
Asking for help isn’t considered a weakness if you ask for it strategically. Instead of trying to manage everything yourself, ask someone else if they are able to pitch in on one or two tasks to alleviate some of your pressure. In the future, you may be able to help that same colleague alleviate some of their stress by taking on one or two of their tasks.
- Be Thankful
Make it a habit of being thankful for at least one thing each day. It could be something as small as a co-worker sharing their lunch with you or your boss giving you a thumbs up for a job well done. Being thankful reminds you to focus on the little things.
- Eat and Be Merry
You are entitled to a lunch break and it’s to your benefit to make sure that you take your full break. This is time dedicated to YOU. Eat lunch, kick back with some of your co-workers and enjoy the time away from your tasks. Taking a mental break for lunch will help you better focus on your afternoon tasks.