How to Relieve Stress While at Work
We all experience work-related stress. Whether it's an issue of work volume, meeting new clients, or doing a yearly review, work gets under our skin now and then. Sometimes we handle it fine and other times we break down. For those times at work when you feel like the pressure is too much, here are some ways to help you:
Do Your Part
We feel stress when we think we have no control over a situation. It triggers a panic in us that tells us we won't complete all of our projects and it spirals out from there. Do your best to assess the situation when you feel overwhelmed. A lot of workplace worry stems from portions of things that we don't have control over. Therefore, you owe it to yourself to do the parts of your work that you can and then tell yourself that the other portions aren't your jurisdiction. Timelines and due dates weigh heavily on us, but if you do your work, you've done all that you can realistically do for the time being.
Some of us exhibit frustration and worry physically by tapping our feet or strumming our hands on our desks. What helps with this is sometimes having something in your hand to distract you from that nervous motion. For example, I keep kinetic sand near me at my desk when I feel jittery but have to answer the phones. There are also many handheld objects like fidget toys and stress balls that are specifically made for these issues.
Eat & Sleep Properly
I don't always allow myself to get the proper rest on a weeknight and I pay dearly for it each time. The lack of sleep is more likely to make you feel lethargic or so anxious that you can't properly focus. To maintain a good work ethic and focus, it is essential to treat your body right. Don't let work follow you home; leave your projects on your desk and allow yourself the downtime you both need and deserve.Is it possible to do everything that needs to be done and still have a ton of energy 100% of the time? Honestly, that could depend on the individual. While cutting out stress is easier said than done, there are a few simple things you can keep in mind that can help.