5 Tips: Reduce Work Stress Work isn’t the most relaxing environment, unless you’re one of the lucky few who truly has your dream job. In fact, work can be kind of stressful. Your boss, coworkers and work environment can all add to the stress level, but there’s very little you can do about any of those. It would be nice if we could choose our boss and co-workers, but the modern-day workplace hasn’t quite caught up with our desires. There are a few things that are in your control though. If you’re looking for less stress in the workplace , here are 5 tips to help you out. Balance Your Schedule An unbalanced workload can really add to the pressure you feel at work . If your current schedule crams things in close to the deadline, this can be a very stressful time. If your job is deadline based, try to get ahead on projects so it’s not always a last-minute rush. You can also move non-deadline related things to periods that are less busy. If your job isn’t based around large project deadlines, you have it a little easier. Spread your schedule out and make sure you don’t procrastinate. Eliminate Distractions Interruptions can really derail a day. Even the best planned out day can cause a significant amount of stress when it goes off the rails. Keep distractions to a minimum by only checking email from time to time and not having the notifications come up constantly. The overwhelming majority of emails are just time sucks anyway . The world won’t end if you check it less frequently. Put your phone on do-not-disturb when focusing on a project. Try to work in at least 30 to 40 minute blocks without distractions. You’ll find you get a lot more done. Prepare for Work A lot of the stress at work can be avoided simply by preparing better for the day. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Being tired leads to being unproductive and grumpy. Grumpy people are not pleasant to be around, that includes being around yourself. Eat right. If you skip breakfast, you’re not giving your body the fuel it needs to handle the day. You’re more productive when you’re not hungry. Simply starting the day right can go a long way to reducing stress. Take Breaks It’s easy to get consumed by the work you’re doing, but the longer you work without a break, the less productive you become. Sometimes you just want to power through to get it done, but your time isn’t being used efficiently if you’re exhausted. Get up from your desk, or jobsite, and try and get in a 15-minute break every couple hours. It’ll help refresh you and re-energize you. You’ll perk up and it’ll be noticed in your work. A lot of our work stress comes from spending long periods without any relaxation. Be Positive Just having a positive attitude in the workplace can do a lot to reduce stress. Even if your day is looking grey, try and keep up a positive outlook. It may not help with the previous parts of the day, but it’ll help with what’s left. You’ll find the people around respond well to positivity, and it’s contagious. Work can be a stressful environment. The more you can do to reduce it, the more you’ll actually like getting to work. Work should be rewarding! With a little effort, it can be for you as well. About the Author: David Quenneville FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch ! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance| Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , LinkedIn