Reduce Work Stress with these Simple Tips

For fast-acting relief, try slowing down - there's more to life than just work!

For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. – Lily Tomlin

  1. Take a break

How has working non-stop been for you so far? Do you feel fulfilled or drained? Working without resting gets boring sometimes and ultimately stresses you at the long run – thus not good for long-term productivity either. It is perceived that employees who spend the most time working are not the most productive ones. In order to keep calm and not get stressed, take a break for a cup of coffee, read an article on one of the websites you follow, or talk to colleagues. That way, you’d refresh your mind and return to work more ready and eager.

2. Get physical

Several studies have shown the positive impact of sports and other physical activities on human health, both physical and mental. The more you move, the less you get stressed. According to a report by Harvard Health, people can cure themselves of stress and relax more by exercising. The usual complaint is lack of time to exercise, however, there are always ways to exercise indirectly. For instance, you can choose to use the stairs instead of the elevator, walk around the office when talking on the phone or take a walking distance from your office after lunch.

  1. Have an inspiring morning ritual

Everybody has a morning ritual. Waking up in the morning and having a quick breakfast is one kind of morning ritual. It’s better, however, to find a morning ritual that is going to make you more motivated and inspired throughout the day. Have a morning ritual to start a productive day like jogging, waking up early, reading emails first and organizing the daily schedule and the likes.

  1. Make the most of your personal time

We have both professional and personal lives that should be separated from each other for the sake of living a healthy and happy life. Dr. Shawn M. Burn writes in Psychology Today about the importance of maintaining work-life balance, saying that not only do we need to work on our non-work selves, but also have time for our well-being.

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Many people forget about this important rule and sooner or later find themselves in the vibrant chaos of work and home. It is important to work on your work-life balance. Be greedy with your work time, adding more time to it shortens your personal time. Spend time with yourself and loved ones when you are free. Practice sports or a hobby, read, rest and unwind.

  1. Take regular vacations

Contrary to what you might think, working without a vacation is not going to get you anywhere good. First, no one is going to appraise you for not taking a vacation. Secondly, your ability to work and deliver great results is only undermined by your depriving yourself of crucial vacation and relaxation time.

Studies show that vacations are essential for improving productivity, preventing heart disease, improving sleep quality, and alleviating stress. Rather than take a 21 day leave, split it into 3 of one week per leave so you don’t get bored staying off work for so long.