Did you know that every year around 15 million work days are lost due to stress?
If you’ve been feeling anxious and stressed at work, you’re not alone.
There are steps you can take to manage your stress levels even through those all-important projects and trying daily tasks.
1) Prioritise and break down tasks
If you’ve got a huge to-do list to work through it can be daunting and result in you getting even less work completed, causing your stress levels to rise even further.
At the beginning of each day prioritise your tasks and tick them off as you go along, this helps you to keep track of all you’ve accomplished.
When you’re faced with a big task it can increase your anxiety too, so try breaking it down into small, manageable chunks to ease the pressure.
2) Move around
If your role involves you sitting at your desk all day one of the key ways to alleviate stress is to get up and move around.
Being in one space for long periods can stifle creativity, productiveness, and lead to the feeling of pressure building up.
Take a walk on your lunch break to refresh or take a challenging project to a new part of the office, perhaps a meeting room.
3. Eliminate distractions
Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy.
If you’ve been feeling stressed because of your workload it can make your desire to procrastinate even worse.
If you’re guilty of this, cut out distractions to boost your work rate and, in turn, lower stress levels.
Make your workspace clutter-free, limit unnecessary internet use, and limit the amount of times you check your emails throughout the day.
4) Seek some support
If you’re feeling stressed at work speaking with your supervisors and seeking some support is a good step to take.
Explaining why you feel anxious, whether you have a high workload or are undertaking a challenging project, can help others to understand and create solutions.
5) Eat well throughout the day
The food you eat can have an impact on how you feel throughout the day.
If you often feel fatigued and struggle to maintain a positive mood as the day progresses it could be down to the food you eat.
Where possible eat a nutritiously balanced meal for both breakfast and lunch and try to cut down on sugary snacks and have healthy alternatives to hand instead.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too.
6) Take time to recharge
If you feel like you’re behind or need to get ahead of a project, you can find yourself working in the evenings or over weekends.
But taking time to recharge and do something that you love is vital for reducing stress and anxiety – plus feeling more refreshed and relaxed will improve your work performance too.