Almost all of us get overwhelmed with stress at times, especially at work. Whether it's not having enough time to meet an important deadline, a stressful business deal or just too much work to get through, we wanted to help you by giving you 4 ways you can reduce your stress and become more productive.
Take regular breaks
Taking a break is probably the last thing you want to do when you have have mountains of work to get through. However, the longer you sit in front of your computer without a break, the more stressed out and less productive you will become
. Stand up and move around: make yourself a cup of tea, have a chat with someone to take your mind off things; anything to get you up and moving.
Often, you will subconsciously solve a problem you were stuck on or come up with a new idea
just by doing something different. It's also important to get some fresh air, even if it's just for a few minutes. If you take your phone with you, use it to call someone and have a little chat, try not to check Facebook or text. The aim is to have a break from technology
Don't underestimate the power of exercise. Exercising during the week, whether it be in the morning before work or in the evening, will work wonders. Exercise releases endorphins which means you will feel amazing straight after, but the benefits aren't only temporary
. Over the following days, you will feel more confident, more relaxed and calm, ready to take on anything
work decides to throw at you.
Force yourself to practice a sport or go to the gym. Bear in mind that the fatigue you feel after work is different from physical tiredness, and sport will wake you up. You will notice a huge difference even if you only exercise once or twice a week and the benefits are as much for your physical well-being as for your mental health
Sit back and breathe
This is a very simple yet useful exercise, and although you might feel a little silly trying it out, it's likely that no one will even notice. Turn your chair away from your computer screen, lean your head back and close your eyes. Breathe in and out deeply for a couple of minutes. The aim is to have a "mini break", cut yourself off from work and technology to clear your head
Arrive early and leave work at the office
Arriving at work half an hour early means that you can have some quiet time to organise your thoughts and make a plan of action for the day/week ahead
. Taking time to organise your work means that you will spend less time stressing about what you have to do or worrying that you might have forgotten something important
Don't stay hours after work (unless there's a good reason) - aim to get all your work done in the time given and allow yourself a mental break
: this also means avoiding checking your work emails in the evening
, as tempting as it may be. You will become more productive and work more efficiently in the long-term.
Don't underestimate the effects stress can have on your own health but also your productivity. Hopefully these 4 easy steps will help you feel less stressed and happier at work! :)