How to Improve your Daily Routine and Reduce the Stress at Work
Keep Calm and Less Stress – Dealing every day with tons of projects, dozens of colleague requests and very few time for yourself, can let you feel overwhelmed and on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Are you wondering if it is possible to remain calm and focus on your professional goals, also in the most stressful situations? Yes, sure it is! Just follow few simple suggestions and you will be able to keep calm and behave as your ever-peaceful and well-balanced colleague in front of you.
Identify the source of stress
When we are stressed, it looks like we are having the entire world on our shoulders and there is no way to solve the situation. Nevertheless, if you try to focus on single problems, you realize that all that mess can be solved one step at a time. Of course, you can’t handle all the situations that generate stress in your work, but you can figure out the aspects you can control and start working on them. Never try to take control over uncontrollable things!
Schedule breaks during the day
It’s a common thought that long periods of fully focused work increase our productivity. But, most of the time, such a push approach doesn’t enhance our performance, rather fosters anxiety and stress. How can you avoid wasting all your energy during the day? Just take a 5 minute break every hour, far from the computer, calling a friend or eating a snack. You will see how such a simple tip can make the difference at the end of the day!
Eat right and sleep well
“Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food”, said Hippocrates, father of modern medicine. This is true not only to handle stress at work, but in all the situations and periods of our life. Don’t skip any meals, reduce alcohol and caffeine and have a snack between the main meals.
Get a good sleep every night, because when you are stressed your body need to rest more than usual. If you have problems to feel asleep, try this trick: lie on the left side, close the right nostril and slowly breath with the left one for 5 minutes.
Learn to say ‘NO’
If you are one of those people who always wants to gratify others, well, this can be one of your biggest causes of stress. Imagine how much time you could gain learning to say that notorious ‘No’. The most important thing is to find a polite way to properly convey the message, like “I really appreciate you thinking of me, but I’ve just got too much on my plate right now“.
Don’t try to do everything perfectly
It’s very easy to confuse perfectionism with self-improvement: actually, the first one is not human and can lead you to anxiety and stress. Perfectionism hampers the realization of your personal plans, because it makes you lose opportunity to do something that potentially you are not able to do perfectly. Try to be more sympathetic with yourself!
Laugh it off!
Laughter is the best medicine, since it releases endorphins that reduce stress hormone levels. Even if you have nothing to laugh about, just do it with your colleagues, because it generates a sense of well-being and helps to create pleasant connections.