6 Tips to Reduce Stress at Work
by Kara McGaharan, Senior Marketing Manager
If work has become more demanding, you may find that you’re falling behind and, as a result, severely stressed.
Since stress can be so damaging to your mental and physical health, it’s important to find ways to let it go. Here are a few tips.
Exercise is a great way to take your mind off your to-do list. The repetitive motions require focus, so your mind is thinking about your body instead of work. Studies show that concentrating on a single task promotes a sense of optimism and energy, as well as calmness and clarity.
Physical activity also stimulates your brain’s production of endorphins, creating a “feel good” sensation. Exercise will improve your sleep and overall health, as well, which can indirectly decrease stress.
Whenever you feel stress mounting, try to shift your mind to positive thoughts or memories. Read your favorite book or an affirming note you’ve received. Or write an uplifting message for someone else.
Then, consider making a list of the reasons you’re thankful. Being reminded of everything you’re grateful for can greatly reduce stress and provide renewed motivation.
When your to-do list lives in your head, it can feel endless and inescapable. So, write down the tasks you have due. Group similar items and prioritize those that you need to tackle first. When you’re done for the day, you can walk away from your list knowing that no tasks will be forgotten.
Then, try to pinpoint the primary source of your stress that’s related to that to-do list. Have you been avoiding certain tasks because they’re tedious or too time-consuming? Or maybe you’re unsure how to start them. Break down your projects into smaller pieces to make them more manageable.
Are you not finishing a task because you’re unsure if you’re doing it correctly?
Ask your team members if they could review your project. Talking with others can help you see your task from different perspectives. You can find out if you’re on the right track or learn how to get on the right track.
Sometimes the best way to work on a task is to step away from it. Grab a coffee or take a coworker to lunch.
Going for a walk and letting your mind wander might be the key to the breakthrough you need.
Remember, it’s important to separate yourself from your work completely after hours, too. Hobbies, exercise and spending time with family and friends not only reduce stress, but they also replenish and refuel your mind and body so you’re prepared to do better work.
Is your supervisor aware of your workload? He or she may be able to provide support, prioritize your list or even reassign some of your work to a coworker with more capacity. That may also lead to a broader conversation about the need to expand your department or find support staff.
When you don’t have time to complete everything on your plate to keep your department running smoothly, MadAve Marketing Management is here to help. We’ll work with you to see which tasks we can assist with or handle for you.
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