4 Tips to Reduce Workplace Stress
Reducing workplace stress tends to be one of those things in life that people will ‘get to eventually’ – I know that for me personally, there are several times when I’ve felt stressed or pressured but not been willing or able to make a few changes and de-stress. Below are a few quick tips that may help you to lose some of that workplace stress.
1. Take Care of Yourself
This one is a common tip, but it’s often one of the easiest to forget in times of stress. Make sure you take care of yourself first – insomnia and having a poor diet exacerbate stress. Ensure that you get plenty of quality sleep, drink a lot of water, and maintain a healthy diet. These little things help you to feel more energised and better equipped to face long days, and help to refresh your mind and body. In addition to this, get some exercise wherever possible – exercise has been proven to relieve workplace stress, and it’s a great tool to help clear your mind. Whether it’s a full cardio workout or a few laps of walking around the block, it will release some endorphins and help you relax.
2. Schedule Your Days
Another common idea which is often overlooked in times of stress is scheduling. In busy periods at work, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that being at work for 10 or 12 hours will be more effective, and allow you to be more productive. More often than not, this isn’t the case. Studies have shown that people who push themselves into longer days are often less productive than those who schedule themselves through busy periods. Schedule key tasks around the breaks you plan to take and avoid over-committing yourself to projects – you will be more likely to achieve what is required.
3. Eliminate Distractions
In a world ruled by emails, instant messaging, mobile phones and social media, it is easy to get distracted – especially in the workplace. In times of high workplace stress, try to eliminate as many unnecessary distractions as possible. Taking the time to reply to an email, have a text message conversation or have a ‘quick phone meeting’ can often take up a significant portion of your day. If new notifications come in, determine their importance and react accordingly – if it’s a crisis, take the required action. But if it’s a minimal issue, make the decision to leave it until a more appropriate time. Your workload will thank you for it.
4. Accept What You Cannot Change
Sometimes, in business especially, things don’t go your way. Accepting that “whatever will be, will be” is crucial – if things don’t go your way, avoid dwelling on it. Instead, consider what you can do to adjust for future situations, create plans and be positive. Negativity is a bad partner to stress – so accept whatever has not worked, and learn from it without dwelling.
This also applies to your co-workers – regardless of how fantastic your team may be, there are times in which you may dislike or disapprove of a colleague’s approach to an issue or situation. Don’t let the points of difference add to your stress – try your best to accept the differences and move on.
Many of these may seem like common-sense options for reducing workplace stress, but it’s in the face of stress that many people forget to go ‘back to basics’. Sometimes the simplest solutions are also the most effective.
How do you deal with stress in the workplace? Do you have any go-to tips or advice you’d like to share? Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.
This article was written by Simone Ball on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources have been used to prepare this article: Forbes, BizCoach Info, Help Guide and Inc. Image sourced from Unsplash.com.