The words ‘work’ and ‘stress’ unfortunately go hand in hand quite often. No matter what industry you’re working in, chances are you have experienced your fair share of stress on the job. There are many different elements that contribute to a stressful workplace such as pay, social environment, workload, expectations, and the list goes on. Sadly, some of the factors that contribute to your stress are out of your control, but the good news is, some of them are within your control. Here are 5 tips for bringing your stress level down a few notches.
- Stop working
Enjoying life outside of work is a great way to reduce work stress. Set yourself a time during the day when you have to stop working, this will force you to get your mind off of your work responsibilities, relax, and have a better work-life balance.
- Get a good night’s sleep
If you’re not sleeping well, your brain will not be able to process information as effectively, this will lead to reduced efficiency and productivity which can easily increase your level of stress.
- Talk to your supervisor
As an employee, you deserve to be heard by your employer and supervisors. If you feel that too much has been put on your plate causing you undue stress, it’s okay to speak up.
- Get to know your coworkers
Socializing at work can be a great way to make it a more enjoyable environment. Now we’re not suggesting slipping away for hour-long conversations while you’re supposed to be working, but take your lunch break with a colleague, or the next time you stop for a coffee break, invite someone to go with you. Building relationships is a great way to improve your daily experience at work and as a result, reduce stress.
- Figure out how to relax
Many of us may think we’re taking the time to recharge just because we’re simply not working, but that’s not always the case. If you’re a more outgoing person, hanging out with a group of friends may be a great way to recharge, whereas if you’re more introverted, this may just add more stress to your day. Find out what truly relaxes you, whether it’s reading a book, cooking, dinner with your family or a long bath. Once you find out what it is, take the time to do it regularly so you can show up to your job more rejuvenated.
Stress at work is by no means uncommon, but it doesn’t have to something that gets in the way of your productivity and happiness. Although some work environments are more unhealthy than others, most of the time there are things we can do to minimize the amount of stress we’re feeling at work. Try these 5 tips and diminish your stress both in and out of the workplace.