Work-related stress happens to the best of us and although it’s hard to prevent, there are several practical and effective strategies you can use to tackle stress and keep it at bay. Keep reading to learn about some of them.
Maintain a Mindfulness Practice
Mindfulness means being more aware of your environment and tuning into the things you notice, such as the rate of your breathing, the feel of the sun on your bare skin and the soft chatter of nearby coworkers. You become aware of the present and accept it without judgment.
This practice offers numerous mental, physical and emotional benefits, meaning it’s worth finding time to incorporate it into your everyday routine, especially when you feel under pressure at work.
Recognize and Manage Your Triggers
People get stressed for different reasons. Maybe you get frazzled after realizing you waited too long to finish projects or perhaps you feel your stress level start to climb after dealing with irate customers in a call center job.
Once you’re aware of your triggers, there are various ways to keep them from getting out of control and making you feel anxious. Use personalized approaches to handling situations as they arise.
Taking the examples above, you could work on a time-management plan that reduces the likelihood of procrastination. If it’s upset customers that get you bent out of shape, try to adopt the perspective that they probably aren’t angry at you directly and may just be lashing out because they aren’t coping properly with things in their lives that are causing strain.
Genuinely Enjoy and Relax During Your Lunch Break
Many people multitask during their lunch breaks and without even realizing it, they stuff food into their mouths while scribbling notes, populating spreadsheets or putting the finishing touches on presentations. If this sounds familiar, it’s a good idea to decide you’re going to truly use your lunch break for just one thing: eating lunch.
A survey of British workers found most of them didn’t make sure to put aside 20 minutes to solely eat lunch, and 28 percent of respondents confessed they didn’t take any breaks at all during their time at work.
Perhaps you can relate to this and are sacrificing lunch breaks while believing it will make you more productive. If so, you’re probably misguided. People in the survey said when they didn’t take time out for lunch, they had bad moods, felt sick in the afternoons and, yes, weren’t as productive.
At first, you may find it nearly impossible to convince yourself to take a real lunch break that’s only devoted to eating, and you might have to force yourself to comply. Over time, though, it should become a habit and you’ll likely feel better as a result.
Besides — when coworkers see how you’re using your lunch break as intended, they may follow your lead. If that happens, you could unintentionally boost morale at work because of your decision.
Workplace stress is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you just have to live with it. Try the tips above and turn them into familiar activities. Once you do that, don’t be surprised if your stress becomes less prominent, even if your work environment is as intense as ever.