Stress in the workplace can be both physically and emotionally draining. It’s proven that stress lowers energy levels, reduces metabolism rates, and just creates an overall lazy feeling; that doesn’t sound too attractive…
Here are 7 tips to help you reduce stress in the workplace.
Puppy friendly offices
Dogs create an energy unlike any other. Stressed at work? Take a puppy break. It’s becoming more prominent in the workspace to see tails wagging around all day. It’s proven that man’s best friend reduces stress levels and maintains happy employees.
Go for a walk
Get your creative juices flowing again and take a break by walking around. Stepping away from your desk puts you in a different frame of mind that allows your thoughts to wander. This helps you come back feeling refreshed and often times helps with solving difficult problems that you may have been overthinking.
Make sure to take a lunch break
We all skip lunch sometimes when things get busy, but don’t forget you need to recharge your body. Skipping meals has been proven to lower both energy and motivation levels. All these things could lead to stress and lowered productivity.
Cut back on your coffee intake
You can admit it. You may have a coffee addiction. But consuming too much caffeine can lead to a cortisol overload. Cortisol is the hormone that is released when you stress out. An abundance of caffeine can create unnecessary stress on the body, making the work environment an unpleasant experience.
Alternate between projects
It’s good to bounce back and forth between projects to keep you on your toes and avoid burning out on one project. No need to spend 8 hours straight on one specific task unless you are directed to. Manage your time and build a schedule that works for you.
Get enough sleep
Lack of sleep leads to stress which can lead to worse things like insomnia. You don’t want that (trust me). Getting enough rest not only leaves us awake and alert, but if makes it easier for us to balance our emotions. Not having enough hours in the day is a common feeling when you’re living that startuplife. So is feeling tired when you’re burning the candle at both ends. Catch 22? You bet. But getting enough sleep is an essential part of managing your stress levels.
You’re not perfect – let's face it. The notion of perfectionism places a lot of unnecessary pressure on yourself which can actually have an adverse affect on your work. Once you accept the fact that you are your own worst critic, you will begin to lose a lot of that added stress.