16 Quick tips for dealing with stress at work
Stress is a part of life and cannot be totally avoided - so we need to learn to deal with it as best as possible. Consider these things that are inside your control and...
- Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine
- Checking emails and notifications
- Multitasking - it’s bad for concentration and doing deep work
- Meditate 5-20 mins a day (I suggest starting with 5 minutes).
- Wake up early to be more productive - that doesn’t mean you get less sleep. You can just go to bed earlier.
- Focus on positives: progress, achievements, gratitude and helping others.
- Prioritise the one thing that you really need to get done each day.
- Use positive language to describe experiences and when you speak to others. (e.g. say 'on time' as opposed to 'not late’)
- Journal away your negative emotions if you feel it helps. It’ll help get them off your chest.
- Exercise more, or at the very least, keep your body in strong physiological positions: head up, shoulders back, stand up, breath deeply and slowly. Go for long walks in nature, play sport or dance.
- Discuss your worries or concerns with friends/family members and let it go. Talking about it will help release the stress, but be careful of dissecting it - that will make it worse. Discuss it once and let it go, otherwise, it becomes ruminating.
- Learn to say ‘no’ and do it quickly. Drawing out a ‘no’ will tend to make you more anxious.
- Confirm arrangements for meeting others, don’t just leave them open-ended. You can always change them later.
- Consider everything positive, or an opportunity for personal growth, even if it’s hard at first.
- Become aware of generalising about things that aren’t going well. Nothing is ever always or never.
- Have a long meal with friends at the end of the week to let it all go.
I hope that has helped give you some additional ideas. Of course, you have to do whatever works for you.