5 Ways to Beat Stress at Work
Being stressed at some point in our lives is inevitable, but workplace stress is becoming an ever growing concern. Stress affects us mentally, physically and emotionally and it can wreak havoc on our health.
Need some guidance on how you can beat stress at work? We’ve got 5 tips for you...
1. Get Outside
Pencil in some time for the great outdoors. Most of us are guilty of grabbing a quick lunch at our desks and continuing on with our daily tasks. However we should all take some time out of our busy schedules to get some well needed fresh air. Walking improves circulation and memory, frees up the mind, increases the size of the brain and helps relaxation, so you’ll come back to the office feeling refreshed and raring to go.
2. Go Green
Bring the outdoors in and introduce some leafy plants to your workspace, not only do they look good they are proven to improve air quality and productivity by 40%!
3. Sleep Smarter
It’s recommended that you get 8 hours sleep a night, as not having adequate sleep can really affect your results the following day. Most people will look at their phones, read emails or watch television before they go to sleep, but these ‘blue screens’ fool our brains into believing it is still daylight, thus interfering with our melatonin which can cause a restless nights sleep.
Ban these blue screens from your bedroom and try to have a two hour gap before you go to bed, which will improve your chances of a peaceful slumber.
4. Switch Off
Give yourself a digital detox when it comes to getting tasks done. Switch off your distracting devices whether it be your phone or email alerts, as each notification can rob you of 1.5 minutes of your attention. That may not sound like a lot but if you get 50 alerts a day your being robbed of 75 minutes of productivity, which will have a detrimental affect on your workload.
Although you may need to be on call or need to answer urgent emails, if you allocate specific time slots to replying to them you will be able to take back control of your concentration.
5. Chill Out
How often do you take some ‘me’ time to sit and reflect... probably not often. Meditation is a fantastic way to relax and unwind and will teach you techniques to remain calm in those stressful situations.
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