Stress in the workplace is a common occurrence. When work piles up and there are strict deadlines to hit, it is natural to feel stressed out. An abundance of stress can lead to anxiety, headaches, fatigue and trouble concentrating on the task at hand. It is important to tackle the cause of stress before it starts to show in your performance. There are simple things you can do throughout the day to keep the stress levels down and the productivity up.
The first step is to start your day out with the right mindset. If you are stressed out about work before even entering the building, it will make for an unpleasant day. Wake up early enough to have plenty of time to eat, shower, and arrive early to work. Plan out your day as best you can. Give yourself a realistic timeframe to accomplish goals and do your best to stick with it. There will always be something that will pop up on your desk last minute but if you have planned your day out right you can account for these little surprises.
If you do find yourself stressed out, take a few minutes for a break. Go walk around outside for a minute or grab a cup of coffee in the break room. Even 2 minutes away from the stress will help to relax and allow you to adjust your thinking into a more productive way instead of just focusing on the stressor. Lunchtime is another great time to get away from it all and recharge to tackle the second half of your day.
It is also important to get exercise and enough sleep. Exercise is one of the best stress reducers due to the chemicals that your body produces during an intense workout. Make sure you plan time in your week for even just 30 minutes of exercise every other day. You would be amazed what exercise can do for your stress levels. It is also important to get enough sleep. It is unrealistic to think that everyone can get 8 hours of sleep a night, but do what you can to avoid unnecessary distractions at home, like the TV or laptop, to get that much needed rest.
There are dozens of other things that you can do to reduce stress. Figure out what works for you, but once you get your stress managed, you will see your workplace productivity increase, and your overall job satisfaction go up.