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10 top tips to coping with stress at work.

3rd June 2019

Good management of workplace stress is important – if you often feel stressed at work, you could be at risk of developing a mental health problem like depression or anxiety. Stress can also make existing problems worse.

And there are many ways you can go about helping yourself in the workplace, too. This guide explores 10 ways to take the pressure off so you can breathe a little.

1. Take your breaks

Yes, work will always be stressful. But you can limit it with actually taking some time off during your working day.

It’s common for many employees to skip lunch, for example, instead of taking time to unwind.

This sense of presenteeism, as the term goes, is terrible for your state of mind in the long-term. Whilst you may get some extra work down in the moment, you’re risking burning out.

2. Let your employer know and ask for help

Although modern businesses are now more open to improving working life, you can still approach them about improving your work-life balance.

You can make a formal request to improve the business environment. Encouraging your employer to adopt a casual dress code is one such example. It’s a common issue for employees as most people feel more comfortable working in a more relaxed environment.

But whatever the issue is, if it’s a reasonable request then you should always ask your employer.

Most will be unaware of any issues you’re having, so bringing attention to it can help you find a better balance.

Make sure you ask for help from your employer if you need it – discuss your workload with your manager and set realistic targets.

3. Ask for flexi-time

Although a simple adjustment, with flexible hours you can make your job work around your personal life.

This can be particularly useful for parents who need to look after their children.

Whether you need an earlier start or a late finish, the shift in times can help significantly—especially for those looking to miss the stressful commute on overcrowded public transport.

4. Be organised

Organisation is a brilliant skill you can continue to perfect throughout your career.

But with even a basic understanding of the right processes, such as keeping notes and using project management software, can make your life much easier.

Being organised will help to balance your time more effectively, which will help you to give each task your full attention.

Lifehack’s 10 tips on organisation are a great place to start.

5. Get to know your colleagues

If you have a good rapport going with your fellow staff members, then the more relaxed you’ll be in your office environment.

Take time out during your lunch breaks to get to know them. This can lead to friendships that can make your day more enjoyable.

6. Find new hobbies

Modern life is naturally stressful and everyone is feeling the pressure. Remember that it’s not just you—learn to respect your limits and be happy with your present situation.

Taking a new hobby can help you better understand yourself. Reading, for example, is a habit many people don’t bother with in favour of watching Netflix or playing video games.

But it’s a relaxing process and great for your brain.

Or you could take up other activities outside of work, such as go-karting, juggling, or learning a musical instrument.

If you have something new to look forward to, then it can take the edge off a stressful project you’re working on (amongst other things).

7. Exercise

Make some time on a daily basis to get some physical activity into your routine.

That could be getting off a few stops earlier on your bus route or cycling to work instead of using your car, or going for a short walk on your lunch break.

Exercise is a great stress relief tactic as it pumps your endorphin levels up so you feel good about yourself. So, make sure it’s part of your life.

8. Drink tea, not coffee

Although it tends to be the go-to drink for tired workers, coffee can dehydrate and overstimulate. That can lead you to have major energy crashes throughout the day.

Herbal teas are a much better solution.

The likes of peppermint, chamomile, lemon, cinnamon, and green tea have a more relaxing impact on your body.

You can read Huffington Post’s piece to find out more about the various health benefits: 6 natural tea remedies for stress and anxiety.

9. Don’t take work home with you

Remember, presenteeism is not a solution to your stress. Neither is answering emails when you’ve returned home.

Ignore your emails—turn your phone off if you have to.

This will help you get total downtime, where you can indulge in your hobbies, socialise, or catch up with your family.

This is essential time to recover and unwind. Relax properly and you’ll appreciate it the day after.

10. Sleep properly

As with point 9, it’s important to unwind at night and sleep properly. This will help take the edge off your working week.

Some tactics you can do to achieve this include meditating, taking up yoga, avoiding alcohol in the evening, and skipping any caffeine, too.

Sleep.org has nine tips to relax before bedtime that offer great advice.

One major tip there is to skip on your screens before going to bed. It can be tempting to watch YouTube on your smartphone as you drift off to sleep, but the blue screens stop the production of melatonin.

In turn, that ensures you can’t have a successful REM sleep—the type that’ll really help you feel refreshed when you wake.

So, ditch the phone in favour of a book.

We hope you found our tips helpful and, as always, if you’re looking for a new opportunity view our live vacancies online and apply here.

(Article provided by Peninsula)

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