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7 Tips for Stress Reduction at Work

7 Tips for Stress Reduction at Work

Budget cuts, layoffs, and a smaller workforce increases tension in the workplace.  If you’re feeling the stress at work, there are things you can do to improve your situation and your stress level.  While you may not be able to control additional workload, or co-workers' less than perfect attitudes, you can learn how to take it all in stride without over stressing.  Below are 7 important tips to help you get control of stress for a positive impact on your life. 

3 Tips for Ergonomic Stress Reduction

 

There are many stressors at work, many of which are hidden, such as strain on your muscles and joints by doing everyday job functions.

  1. Wrists and Hands. A simple way to reduce stress caused by typing can be use a wrist support. It's also important to reduce stress placed on your hands by holding your wrists and hands in a neutral position.

  2. Leg Joints & Muscles.  Reduce the stress placed on your leg joints and muscles by maintaining an ergonomic posture at all times while performing your job functions.  A good ergonomic chair can help do just that.  If you sit or stand during your job functions, always keep the position of your body in the back of your mind. This will help you reduce the stress due to awkward movements.

  3. Shoulders & Neck.  Reduce the stress placed on your shoulders and neck by placing your monitor at eye level. Place your keyboard in a spot you can keep your elbows close to your body.

Maintaining a good ergonomic posture makes all the difference.  

 

4 Tips for Job Stress Reduction

  1. Improve Time Management  Review your daily tasks, responsibilities, and family and social activities. Try to balance your time each day between work, family, and play.  Look for ways to leave work at work, and home at home. Stay focused on the task at hand rather than taking time out to do other stuff. 

  2. Prioritize and Plan Before you start work make a to-do list for the day.  Doing your least favorite tasks first leaves the remainder of the free of the stress of what’s coming next.  If you have a big project, break it down into smaller segments rather than trying to do it all at once. You’ll get more done and reduce stress.  

  3. Fix Your Work Area Don’t overlook those annoying things that you can control.  Lighting, office temperature, and noise control are three important areas that can cause you stress.  If you’re not comfortable in your work environment stress can rise. 

  4. Take Time for Yourself  If you’re feeling overwhelmed or negative feelings are mounting get away.  Just taking a five minute break can help.  During your break, don’t concentrate on the issues.  Instead do something that is relaxing.  A short walk outside, a few deep breaths and some stretching can do wonders to clear your mind.