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How to Reduce Stress at Work

How to Reduce Stress at Work

How to Reduce Stress at Work

Not surprisingly, today’s workplaces have become increasingly stressful.  Layoffs, cutbacks, and other tough economic decisions have placed more stress on employees than ever. It seems most are now required to be more productive without the accompanying compensation.  The general attitude seems to be one of “do what you have to just to keep your job.”  Even though stress abounds at work, there are things you can do to keep yourself relaxed and free of anxiety.

 

  • Reducing stress begins with a positive attitude.  Look for ways to remain positive.  Don’t join in with negative discussions from co-workers. Approach your work with an “I can do it well” attitude.
  • Give yourself “kudos” for small accomplishments, even if they go unnoticed by others. 
  • If your desk is a mess or poorly organized change it.  Throw away or file clutter.  
  • Make sure the items you use frequently are within easy reach. If you’re cramped for space on your desk, try an under the desk keyboard tray or a monitor arm to free up desk space. 
  • Always make a to-do list of tasks each day.  As you make your list be sure not to over commit your time. It is easy to underestimate how long a task will take.  If you find you’re over tasked for the day, take care of the “must-do’s” and let the “should-do’s” go.  
  • If you find yourself becoming anxious or overwhelmed during the day, walk away. Take a break.  Even a five minute walk outside can do wonders to refresh the mind.
  • Even when you’re not at work, there are things you can do to help ease stress.  Thirty minutes of aerobic exercise a day reduces stress and improves mood. 
  • You’ll also want to make sure you get enough sleep each night. Poor sleep habits make it difficult to concentrate and leave you feeling tired before you even begin your day.  

 

 
Following these simple suggestions will go a long way towards reducing your stress level at work.