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Simple ways to de-stress at work

Simple ways to de-stress at work

Even if you love your job, it can still leave you feeling stressed. Many causes of work related stress can be anticipated however, enabling you to enjoy a more relaxed day.

Stress in the office builds up when you have a heavy workload, long hours and tight deadlines, conflict with colleagues or your boss, or a lack of support or advice. Unpleasant working conditions such as crowding, constant interruptions, noise pollution or not enough natural sunlight, may also contribute to work-related stress.

Recognising the problem:

It’s often hard to accept that your own attitudes contribute to stress at work. If you are an over-achiever, you may have a calendar crammed far too full of activities. If you find it hard to say “no”, you may be over-extended and overwhelmed. If you are perfectionist you may find it hard to delegate work to other people. These sources of stress can be overcome by managing your time better, being more assertive and improving your communication skills.

Planning your stress-free work day

1. Have a stress free start:

Make sure you start the day in the right frame of mind. Get up early to give yourself plenty of time to get ready. Running for a bus at the last minute, trying to do your hair, find your right shoe that’s always never beside the left one and arriving 30 seconds before that vital meeting starts, are all sure-fire ways to begin the day feeling flustered.

2. Keep your tasks in perspective:

Break your day into a series of manageable tasks. Instead of thinking of the day as a whole, look at it as 10 separate tasks, and place them in the order of importance. If you complete nine of them, not having time to complete the last one, probably won’t matter.

3. Be honest of your capabilities:

Learn to say “no”. Be assertive about your needs, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Your colleagues may not realise how much work you have – if you don’t have time to take on another task, they will understand. Don’t be afraid to delegate if you don’t have time to deal with it yourself.

4. Make sure you take your breaks:

Have a proper lunch break – away from the desk. Eating healthy food rather than just snacks will help to keep your stress levels down. Also, taking a break allows you to step back from your problems and will perhaps enable you see a new way of dealing with them.

5. Admit your mistakes:

Take responsibility for your errors and admit to them as soon as they happen. There is nothing more stressful than worrying about when your boss is going to find out about your slip up. Mistakes happen; being honest about it will go a long way to making amends.

6. Tidy your desk:

At the end of each day, take 5 minutes to tidy your desk. That way, you will know exactly where everything is in the morning and won’t waste time trying to remember where you left that memo or file.

7. Take credit when it’s due:

You have the right to feel happy and proud of yourself. Stressed people often don’t take the time to feel pride and pleasure in their own achievements. Tell your colleagues when you’re proud of yourself, and invite them to celebrate.

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