Studies have shown how work-related stress can affect not just your productivity in the office but your entire health as well. This includes physical, emotional, mental, social, and even spiritual health. More often than not, leaving a job right away is not the first option given the responsibilities we all have. But that doesn’t mean you should drown yourselves in stress and continue living such a pathetic life.
Surprisingly, there are practical ways on how you can combat stress at work and this does not involve expensive medications or treatments. We suggest that you start doing the tips below as soon as you can, and see the instant results.
Start your day with positivity
As soon as you wake up, make it a point to be optimistic. It will not help if you start your day thinking about your intolerable colleague, or that report which you try to finish for days. Instead of focusing on these things, why not look at a different angle? Be grateful that you have work, or that you still have a roof over your head. This kind of approach will give you that instant ‘lift’, and we can guarantee you, it is more than enough for you to get by.
Learn how to be assertive
One of the reasons why we are stressed at work is because we do not communicate. We complain how overwhelming the tasks are or how inconsiderate your superiors can be, but have you asked yourselves if you did something about it?
When you feel that you are being affected by work, colleagues, or any other work-related factors, it is highly important that you know how to speak up. Of course, we do not recommend that you get hysterical in the middle of your office just to get that load off your chest or to get your message across, but instead, practice being assertive. Know which persons to talk to and be as honest as you can, without offending anyone. That way, you can reach a middle ground and things might eventually improve from there.
Be more organized
This is not just about clearing your desk or your email, but being organized also includes your time management skills.
Planning is essential so we suggest that you identify all your tasks (probably on a daily or weekly basis). After that, you can now assess which ones are highly important and urgent. Focus on these tasks, and if there are regular ones that can be automated, consider doing so.
You can also use tools or apps like Trello that can help you track your productivity.
Stretch those muscles
Sitting for hours is never good. Once in a while, you need to stretch or walk around. Our personal favorite is going around the office during breaks to quickly say “Hi” to our ‘colleagues-turned-friends’. You are hitting two birds with one stone if you do this. One, you get to move. Two, you create and maintain good relationships with the people around you. And believe it or not, that can also affect your behavior towards work.
Make use of your travel time
In most cases, a person would travel several minutes or hours just to go to work. But did you know that you can do something productive even while on the road? What we personally do is to listen to podcasts or audio books which can help us generate more ideas for work (or life for that matter), or just to get ourselves motivated. Here are few podcasts which can help you have a better perspective in life:
The Mindvalley Podcast – If you want to learn how to improve yourself the best possible way, listen to this podcast hosted by Vishen Lakhiani.
The Good Life Project – Find the most realistic approach in life from the podcast hosted by no other than Jonathan Fields.
London Real – Everyone can be successful given the right mindset and mentors. Some of which can be heard directly from this amazing podcast.
Sometimes we are too caught up with work and deadlines that we forget how important it is to balance life and to have a break. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to take a vacation right away (but if that is needed, then go pack your bags). But if you want to live a life with lesser stress at work, you can do so by following the above tips and by being consistent about it.