5 Tips on how to control stress in the workplace
May 27, 2016 / Sharnie Carter
Stress in the workplace is a major problem for many people and in 2014 – 15 there were 440,000 cases. This shows that stress in the workplace is becoming increasingly common, which is why it is important for us to understand how to control it. Take a look at these 5 tips to help you do just that:
A study reveals that having a messy work environment can raise stress and anxiety levels. Before you start working you should take a few minutes to tidy up your desk – and remove that day old coffee! Open a window and let some fresh air in – you don’t want to be working in a stuffy room. Try and plan your day. Work out what order you will complete your tasks, when you will take your break and fit in any meetings you may have throughout the day. You are then ready for anything!
On your break try and take a stroll outside, this will allow your brain to rest before getting back to your work. If you work by a local park why not take a walk there and enjoy the fresh air!
Tune into distractions
Are you someone that tries to block out the constant tapping on the desk by the colleague next to you or the conversation that’s happening two desks over? Well this may cause you to become even more stressed. Mindfulness experts have argued that trying to block it out causes more harm than good and instead we should tune into the distraction and become aware of it. This helps our body to relax.
Talk to someone
If you’re having a difficult day at work talk it out. Chatting to a friend or close relative can help lower stress levels and also allow you to see situations from different perspectives.
Positive outlook on stress
Stress is not as bad as you may think, it all depends on how you look at it. An experiment was conducted and results showed that those who had been exposed to positive information about stress improved their psychological symptoms and displayed a better work performance. So adopting a more positive attitude towards stress can help us deal with it more efficiently.
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