5 Simple Ways to Lower Stress at Work
By Sandy Schroeder
As the year rolls ahead, if you feel job stress building, it may be time to do a quick sweep with some simple fixes.
Little things do make a difference to get back on track, according to time coach Elizabeth Grace Saunders in FastCompany.
Saunders says, “The only way you’re actually going to boost your productivity without taking on more work-related stress is by doing some super stupid simple fixes. To get a little relief try these easy tweaks.”
Set a bedtime alert to get more sleep – Lost productivity due to lost sleep can create a lot of job stress. When things get out of whack, sleep schedules often slide too, as we indulge in more fast food and stay up later. Turning the whole issue around could start with an evening alert that asks, “Why are you still up?” That’s the cue to start getting ready for bed, stashing electronics, taking a warm bath, and relaxing with soft music. Try repeating this routine Sunday through Thursday to get more sleep and feel more alert in the morning.
Cut out at least one app – Most of us have several apps that simply absorb time, stress us out, or weaken our focus without really getting us anywhere. Whatever they are, Facebook, dating sites or game apps, cut them loose to get a nice boost in time to get more organized, get more work done, or just breathe a little.
Boost your water supply – The system really does function better with ample water, and getting it can be as simple as carrying it with you and keeping a canister on your desk. Keep your mind and body running well by staying hydrated.
Keep moving through the day – Find ways to mix your sitting and standing time. Stand while you are on the phone, do walk-around meetings during the day, or try an adjustable work station that lets you stand or sit. People who stand more say they tend to be more active in other ways too, walking at lunch, doing squats during a break, or adding a new workout after work. Fitness really can be contagious. The more you do, the more you may feel like doing.
Add 30 minutes of movement to your day – Walking, running or biking after work could clear your head, lift your mood, and help you drop those extra pounds. When you arrive home, you might walk the dog with your kids or head off to the park to shoot hoops or practice soccer. Staying active during the day may help you sleep better too.
If these simple fixes work, keep them in place and look for more. Most of us are creatures of habit and sometimes we just need to shake up those habits to make everything work better.
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