Our Top Tips for Reducing Stress in the Workplace

We can’t avoid stress. Especially not at work.
We may as well put it on our to-do list and schedule it in as it is inevitably going to happen…

  1. Make lunches for the week
  2. Get car washed
  3. Do laundry
  5. Buy more milk

So staying ahead of the game and being prepared for stress is the best plan of action.
Our top tips for reducing stress in the workplace will not only bring your stress levels down, but can also reduce the risk of stress initially happening.

  • Mindfulness

Often associated with meditation, mindfulness is a way of overcoming stress by simply changing the way you think. The mind has a large influence over our mood and state of being; find positives in everything and you will emit this positivity into other aspects of your life.
e.g. appreciate the fact that you are fortunate to have a job at all; or that your teammate has made you a great cup of tea. Or even that whatever day it may be, it is one day closer to the weekend and your next day off. This is a well-known method for reducing stress.

  • Listen to music

Depending on the type of industry that you work in, it may be easier to avoid stress if you block out unnecessary distractions and annoyances. While you’re working, plug in your headphones and listen to some music to focus you on the things immediately around you.
Classical and instrumental music is supposed to be quite calming and soothing, but if hardcore rock is what does it for you then get some on and enjoy your peace.

  • Get some fresh air and exercise

Within the confined space of a working environment, fresh air is often hard to come by. Having several people in a small space drastically reduces the amount of oxygen you take in, and therefore reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches your brain. This can lead to fatigue which can lead to irritation and stress.
On your lunch break, take a 10-minute walk outside to get some fresh air and a bit of exercise. Exercise releases endorphins that make us feel calmer and happier.

  • Have a cup of tea

Taking a break to make a cup of tea (and a biscuit – go on, you deserve it!) will reduce stress as you are distancing yourself from your work – even if it is just for 5 minutes.
Offer to make a cup of tea for a work colleague and have a quick catch up to instantly perk up your mood and reduce stress.

  • Keep your work and home life separate

Your work life and home life are separate. Keeping them separate will keep your stress confined to your working establishment, and stop stress spilling into your personal life.
Where possible, never bring work home with you. If you are a teacher, do your marking in any free periods or stay slightly later after school to do it. If you work in an office, plan your day so you have enough time to finish your tasks while at work.
Everyone has many different ways they choose to relieve stress. These suggestions are all well and good but if they don’t work for you then there is no point in them.
Take some time out of your day to do something that makes you happy. If it works, this is your personal way of reducing stress that you should use when you need it most.

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Sharnie Carter

Passionate about marketing and education. Currently studying a CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing via distance learning. When I'm not working or studying, I'm spending time with my young son and husband or hinching!

Our Top Tips for Reducing Stress in the Workplace