Unfortunately, 40% of all work-related illnesses are due to stress. In 2014/15, 440,000 people in the UK reported work-related stress as the reason they to why they were ill. The NHS stated that the reasons people gave for feeling stressed included work pressure, work-related violence and bullying and not receiving enough support from their managers. If you’re feeling affected by stress at work, then read these 10 tips to help alleviate it:
1. Stay Organised
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your mountain of tasks and don’t know where to start then stop, take a breath and get organised. Write a to do list arranging projects by priority then divide each project into manageable steps. This will make your workload seem a lot less daunting and a lot more feasible.
2. Be Realistic
Don’t assign yourself 20 tasks on the to do list if your working day only allows you to complete 10, this will simply heighten your stress levels. Be realistic about your capabilities and consider all the factors (including deadlines of other projects) before you tackle the to do list head on.
3. Ask Questions
Have you been given a task by your manager but don’t fully understand how to approach it? It’s ok to ask questions to ensure you’re both on the same page before you take on the task. When you are clear on what is expected of you, your time is seldom wasted.
4. Slow Down
When you’re rushing to get all of your tasks completed in a short period of time sometimes things become confusing and mistakes happen. Slow down, take a minute to clear your thoughts and organise your time.
You don’t have to do everything. Speak with your colleagues and delegate part of the project to them if it’s within their field or remit, this will make your tasks easier to complete and working together on projects will bring your team together.
6. Eliminate Interruptions
Interruptions and getting distracted are a common occurrence in the workplace - the phone ringing off the hook, emails constantly popping up on your screen, co-workers wanting impromptu meetings. Either turn them off, schedule to deal with them when you have free time or accept them and slot them into your to do list.
Time away from work is time to switch off. After work, weekends and annual leave is time to restore your work-life balance by spending time with family and friends, taking part in your hobbies and generally relaxing. If you have a work mobile or access to work emails switch them off to make sure you really disconnect from the workplace.
8. Eat Right
9. Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep can make you vulnerable to feeling more stressed whilst stress and anxiety can cause insomnia. It is important to switch off from work whilst at home before going to sleep. Aim to get a solid 8 hours sleep per night as feeling well-rested makes you more emotionally balanced and able to cope with workplace stress.
Try to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day. Exercise releases endorphins which triggers a positive feeling in the body. It can make you more confident, self-assured, improve your mood and sleep.
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