In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month , let’s take a moment to reflect on workplace stress and learn about some of the ways we can work towards improving and easing this stress in the office. Between long work hours, tight deadlines, and frustrating coworkers, coping with stress can seem like a daunting task for many employees. In fact, over 75% of Americans consider their jobs stressful. This stress can carry into employees’ personal lives and can trigger more sever conditions such as migraines, anxiety attacks, heart disease, and obesity. So, what stress-relief methods should we incorporate?
Don’t Panic, Plan: Organizing and prioritizing a list of your work that needs to be done can help you set and reach realistic deadlines and stay on track towards completing all your tasks.
Don’t Stress Over What You Can’t Control: Keep your focus on things that are within your control, the rest will work itself out ! Break your larger tasks into smaller, more manageable steps.
Take a Break: Make time throughout your day for short breaks. If you are feeling stressed, taking a brief walk or talking with someone may help you refresh.
Squeeze the Stress Away: Using a stress ball can help boost your blood circulation by activating the muscles in your wrist and help calm some of your nerves.
Stretch: Sitting in your office chair all day can cause your body to become tense, and easily exposed to stressful situations. Taking a few deep breaths and simple stretches can help you loosen up.
Laughter is the Best Medicine: If you’re feeling stressed or frustrated with something at your desk, go to the common area or water cooler and socialize with your coworkers. This can help you take your mind off of what’s bothering you and good conversation and laughter can create an overall positive experience to decrease that stress bug.
Everyone experience periods of job stress, but if your feelings of stress become persistent and overwhelming, consider discussing your concerns with your health care provider and ask about healthy ways to cope with stress.