Stress in the workplace is a serious problem for many. It can affect your physical shape as well as your mental well being, and this is just as important as being in good shape.
There are some stressful situations that you can manage yourself, and it is quite important to do something about it.
Stress can make you sick, or you can get burnt out. Here are some tips to reduce stress at work:
1 Learn to say no. It is easy to fall into the role of the colleague who is always there, but it can become a hassle in the long run. Instead you should learn to say no when it gets too much. If the manager requires too much maybe it is time to have a chat about your tasks and the time you have to do them.
2 Take breaks. To be truly effective, one needs to take a break now and then. It does not have to be long periods of time, but the brain need to pause, and movement helps bring oxygen to the brain. Just taking a walk for 5 or 10 minutes can do a big difference.
Walking a bit outdoors is best, but it is also okay in the office. Fresh air outdoors helps extra.
It is also important to really leave the work related thinking at the end of the day and not bring the worries and tasks to your home.
3 Make a list and number it so that you can clearly see what is most important to do first. Then it may be worthwhile to break even this task into smaller parts. This way you can see the bigger picture, and manage the different tasks easier, especially if you have several projects going at once.
4 Organizing the workplace. If you have order on the desktop, preferably a good system for archiving or storage of paper, and generally know where to find things it is usually less stressful to manage the work load. You avoid losing time to look for what you need. A good rule is to handle each piece of paper once, do it thoroughly and then put it aside.
Staying fit at home is very important, but dont forget the mental part of the picture, and also manage your stress levels.
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