Working is a fact of life; and stress is a fact of working. However, if undergoing a lot of stress becomes a daily routine and your workplace begins to take a toll on your mind and body, serious effects on your overall health are likely to happen. It is important, therefore, to avoid stress. Here are the ways to avoid work related stress getting into your life:
A bad day at work starts with a bad night in bed. So before blaming your job or even the course you took in college that brought you to your current job, make sure that you get a good night’s sleep first.
Say good morning!
There is no better way to start a good day at work than by saying “Good morning!” to the people around you. There is a reason behind this. Stress is a state of mind more than anything else. So if you keep a positive mindset, you can certainly lower the level of stress.
Avoid overtime if you can
Working too many hours increases your stress level. In some professions, overtime is required but if you find yourself working most of your waking hours then it is already not good. Say “no” as much as possible even if your boss doesn’t like it. Find another job if your work is becoming a burden that ruins your health and overall well-being. Your body is more important than your job.
If it’s going to be a busy day, plan it ahead of time. Manage your working day so you know what you should be doing in a particular hour. Set a personal target. Keep your desk uncluttered.
While stretching in front of your computer and walking around the office can be an effective and quick relief to stress, it is also important to engage in a physical activity for long-term stress relief. Any exercise is good, but try to adopt an exercise routine with at least 30 minutes of exercise for at least five days a week. If you are not used to exercise, brisk walking is a good way to get you started.
Adopt a healthy lifestyle
Apart from regular exercise and getting a good sleep, eating a healthy diet, avoiding drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, and reducing caffeine and sugar can increase your resistance to stress. Taking good care of yourself also makes you feel good about yourself which helps you to improve your overall well-being and promotes a more positive attitude.