10 tips to beat stress at work
When you’re feeling under pressure at work, stress can build up very quickly. Symptoms are far reaching and can affect you on an emotional as well as a physical level. Are you suffering from headaches, frequent colds, low energy or sleeping problems? Do you regularly feel overwhelmed, become easily frustrated or angered, or is your self-esteem is suffering? It may be time to take action.
Sometimes, when work stress is threatening to overwhelm you, instant relief is required to restore your inner balance and composure.
1. Be early
Give yourself plenty of time to arrive before any meetings or appointments. You’ll be serene and well prepared, not rushing around in a last-minute panic.
2. Clear your desk
If your desk looks like a bombsite, it’s no wonder you feel overwhelmed. Tackle those piles of paper bit by bit and feel more in control.
3. Manage your inbox
Likewise, don’t let your inbox overflow; deal with incoming emails straightaway: reply, forward, delete or save.
4. Move your body
If you’re desk bound, try to be as physically active as possible. Get up once every hour and have a few stretch routines to hand (here and here) that you can do at your desk.
5. Have a laugh
Share a laugh with your colleagues – it’s good for your health! Laughter relieves physical tension and stress, relaxes the body and even boosts the immune system.
6. Refresh your eyes
Rub your palms together for 30 seconds, then cup them over your closed eyes for a minute. It’s a mini spa for tired computer eyes.
7. Create a natural environment
Fresh air, natural light, cut flowers or indoor plants, a fish tank – it all helps to make your workspace more relaxing. Even a nature themed poster is bound to have a positive effect.
8. Take a break
Treat your brain to regular short breaks to help you work better and smarter. Go for a short walk, have a coffee break or just switch off for 10 minutes.
9. Have a power nap
Find a private space, set your phone alarm and take a short nap to refresh your mind and boost your alertness. 15 minutes is all it takes.
10. Give yourself a foot massage
Take off your shoes under the desk and rub the soles of your feet over a golf ball. It’s a stress busting massage that no-one need know about!