Deadlines piling up, computer on a go-slow? Or maybe it’s the mother of all traffic jams making you late to work… It is, unfortunately inevitable that stress will affect us all at some point. With a staggering 12.5 Million working days lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17 alone (HSE,2018), we decided to look at some simple yet effective ways to try and combat the growing problem.
Time-Management and Planning
With 44% of stress in the workplace stemming from an overbearing workload (HSE, 2018), emphasizing the importance of planning ahead and managing your time effectively. It’s often the simple tasks that are neglected, but by communicating effectively, writing to-do-lists and implementing forward thinking, some of that unnecessary stress may just be relieved.
Although easier said than done, having a solid support system of friends and colleagues can do you the world of good. 14% admitted that a lack of support was the main trigger for their burnout, and that a lack of communication and emotional outlets were needed (HSE, 2018). Removing yourself from a stressful situation and going to “cool down” with a colleague could help prevent stress building up over time. Grab a coffee, take a walk round the office or simply spend some time away from whatever caused the initial tension.
Maintain your workspace
Einstein once stated, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” – however, countless studies have revealed the importance of a clean and organised area (sorry Einstein). One study found that 40% of office workers noticed a drop in productivity due to an untidy workspace, with another claiming that 49%’s attitude towards work worsened as a direct consequence (brother.co.uk). So, file away those papers and organise that annoying desk clutter, it just might help make you feel better.
Sufficient Sleep and Diet
It’s probably the last thing on anyone’s mind after a stressful day at work, but a healthy diet can help to de-stress your system. When stressed, some hormones can actually increase your junk food cravings! (Forbes, 2013).
As well as making most of us grumpy and slow, not getting enough sleep is also a common stress trigger. The body recovers when you sleep, helping you start fresh the next morning, but if you aren’t clocking those hours its likely you’ll feel worse the next day.
A Forbes article shared an easy breathing technique that is scientifically proven to knock you out fast: Cover your right nostril and breathe through your left for three to five minutes – You’re welcome!