The current employee or entrepreneur faces an impossible number of tasks throughout the day, their focus is continuously interrupted by meetings, phone calls, and emails, and most of them are constantly worrying about the reliability of their position.
This leads to stressed-out people who can’t rest or function properly in the outside world. Furthermore, the stress builds up throughout the years, leading to coronary diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more.
Stress in the workplace is a massive problem in the modern world, and it may not go away anytime soon if we don’t do something about it. Luckily, we can win the battle against a stressful life by implementing healthy habits and focusing on the positive aspects. For this, we have several tips to get you started in the right direction.
#1: Use Deep Breathing Techniques & Meditation
You know that feeling of ‘I have no idea what I’m doing’? We all have it from time to time, and it’s natural. However, if you’re living in constant fear of change, your stress levels are never going to come down!
So, to avoid hyperventilating all the time, learn the power of taking a deep breath and maybe a step back. Whenever you feel agitated or frustrated, and your anger is bursting at the seams, clear your head and slow down your heart rate by taking a deep inhale and a slow exhale (here are some more detailed breathing techniques). Repeat the process until you feel calm and more in control of your emotions.
To take it one step further, try meditating. Several scientific studies prove the power of meditation over stress, and more people use it as a method of stress relief. Furthermore, it’s easy to include it in your daily routine and practice wherever you are – even at work!
#2: Schedule for Energy and Focus
We are not machines, and our brains are not designed to be 100% focused on one task for hours on end. In fact, the approach where we work eight to nine hours and then go home doesn’t work, and it depletes most people of energy and motivation.
We all have times during the day when we feel more productive and energetic. For some, it’s in the morning, for others, it’s in the afternoon, and so on. Regardless, you should know your rhythm and schedule meetings and projects accordingly.
Of course, you should not forget to schedule breaks as well!
#3: Keep Up with Alimentation & Sleep Hygiene
Sleep and food are the fuels that keep us in the game. As such, if you don’t eat or sleep well, it shows in your productivity and focus throughout the day.
Include healthy foods in your diet and try to maintain a regular eating schedule to avoid stressing your organism. Also, make sure your sleep routine is effective and that you are waking up rested and ready for a new day
#4: Manage Your Time
How is your current work schedule right now? If the words overcrowded and hectic come to mind, you need to learn how to manage your time more effectively.
For instance, you can try using project management software to organize tasks, reduce the time spent with planning, and have everyone in your team working in a collaborative environment. Of course, there are other time management tools you can use (such as a time monitoring app), but the idea is to have a clear work plan at the beginning of the day.
Furthermore, by writing everything down, it’s easier to identify the most stress-inducing tasks and work on improving your focus on them.
#5: Avoid the Strive for Perfectionism
The difference between high achievers and perfectionists is that the first type of people is focused on goals, and the second one is focused on details.
High achievers accomplish their goals because they can appreciate when it’s time to move on from a completed task. On the other hand, perfectionists can (and usually do) remain stuck in a task because it’s not good enough.
But we don’t live in a perfect world, and insisting on the tiniest of details can drive you and the people around nuts. Furthermore, perfectionism is not good for your peace of mind and self-esteem since it tells you that you’re not good enough.
To reduce stress, learn to recognize these tendencies, and keep them in check. The first step (and most difficult one) is to become aware of your tendencies. Once you do, it will be easier to implement the right techniques to soften your gaze upon the world.
Workplace stress is not something we can solve with good thoughts and intentions. However, it can be reduced if we are constantly on the lookout and maintain a healthy work environment and ethic.
The techniques mentioned above are useful, but you can also try things that calm you down, such as listening to music while working or going to the gym after work. While stress can’t be eliminated entirely from the workplace, we must deal with it before it produces any permanent damages to our health and general state of well-being.