10 Ways to Combat Stress at Work

10 Ways to Combat Stress at Work

Posted on October 06, 2015
10 Ways to Combat Stress at Work

I have so much to do! Do I have to go to work today? My 'to-do' list never ends!  This much work is going to kill me!

When looking at these phrases, they all seem to have something in common - work and stress. Stress can develop from the mountains of paperwork on your desk, long hours, something going wrong, etc. If you don't find ways to cope with stress, it can affect your health and even your professional and personal life. It is important to find ways to de-stress at work to help us relax, minimize the anxiety we feel, help clear our heads, and bring us to optimal emotional health. 

Stress affects us in many ways including our body, thoughts, feelings and behaviors. When experiencing stress, it is good to identify what triggers it. To identify your triggers try keeping a journal to track where you were, who was involved, your reaction to it, and how you felt.

 Here are 10 ways on how to combat stress at work:
  1. Change the circumstances: If you're behind on work, bring work home, arrive early, or shorten your lunch break.
  2. Work on time management skills: Set realistic goals and deadlines that allow enough time to get work done.
  3. Manage Email: Organize, create separate folders and inboxes to feel clutter free.                                      
  4. Make lists: These help keep tasks organized and you can rank them from most to least important.
  5. Plan ahead: In a planner or online calendar, keep track of your daily/weekly work schedule and write down any upcoming due dates, meetings or events.
  6. Bring "fuel" to work: Having energy while working is key to staying on track. Bringing coffee in the morning and snacks such as trail mix, protein bars, pretzels, etc. can help fight off that afternoon hunger.
  7. Protect your time: Block off time on your calendar to get work done without any interruptions.
  8. Hobbies: Having other activities to do after work is a good de stressor. Some may include intramural sports, reading, or exercising.
  9. Hang up encouraging reminders: Looking at motivational quotes can set a positive tone for the work day and help you stay focus and on track.
  10. Take breaks: We all need to step away from our tasks at some point. Taking short walks around the office, getting up for a drink of water, or stepping outside for fresh air can help. Taking a long weekend or personal/family vacation is also good to break up worktime and let your mind rest.
These 10 simple steps can ultimately help you combat stress at work and eventually create some lifestyle work changes.

"Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life." - Marilu Henner