Not only do we have to worry about meeting deadlines, managing our workloads and miserable bosses, but now we have the added concern of job security, especially in these tough economic times. The pressure to keep making a good impression to our boss whilst hitting our targets is causing stress in the workplace and for many, is affect their personal lives.
Here are some helpful tips and techniques on how to cope with office stress:
Take time out
Working all hours and getting little sleep will negatively impact on your productivity and state of mind. You must take time for yourself, not only on weekends, but also in the evenings after work. You should spend an hour each day doing something you enjoy, and make plans for the weekend with friends and family to take your mind off work.
Arrive at work a few minutes early
Although it is important to use your free time wisely, you should also plan your workday properly every morning. Arriving early for work will give you time to plan your day’s workload and make a cup of coffee before a busy day.
Set yourself objectives
In a high-pressured environment, organization and planning is key to keeping stress levels low. Plan your day hour by hour so that you have a clear overview of what you need to achieve and by what time you must do so.
Use your lunch hour wisely
Try to make plans for your lunch hour. Sitting at your desk will make you feel as though you have not had a break from work. By making lunch plans, you also have something nice to look forward to all morning!
Bring snacks with you
Although comfort eating is never a good idea, it is good to treat yourself every now and then. Take some of your favorite snacks to work with you to give you a morale boost in times of pressure.
Earplugs and headphones
If your office is a noisy then it may be a good idea to invest in a small set of earplugs; they are discreet and will help you to zone out the surrounding distractions. Depending on your office environment, you could also take your iPod and headphones with you. Create a relaxing playlist of songs that will not disturb your work but will keep you calm in times of high pressure.
Follow the abovementioned tips and advice to help keep your stress levels down at work.