With an average of 40 projects in hand, business professionals can feel stressed and overwhelmed. Today’s employees are expected to do more with less and finding the right balance to finish every task and still manage to feel energetic under so many demands after work can be difficult for most.
Here are some simple strategies to push your work stress down, before it takes over your life.
- Take a deep breath
A stressful meeting or feeling overwhelmed with so much to do can affect your productivity and make a peak on your stress level. While in frustration, instead of reacting immediately, cool down. Make sure you take a few minutes to clear your mind, deep breathing will help release the stress, calm your mind and body down, restore balance and regain your focus allowing you to think your response more clearly. Remember to give your best in what you do, but don’t forget there’s always tomorrow. Getting upset for something left undone will only affect your self-confidence and motivation.
- Eliminate interruptions
Phone calls, emails, instant messages and pop ins can make your day more stressful by taking off time destined to your most important tasks. Try to set distractions aside by assigning a time for those interruptions. For example, checking you email once or twice a day at specific hours, set up office hours to talk with colleagues in person or closing the door when you need to focus.
- Eat Right, Sleep well and Exercise
Health and wellbeing are important to keep balance at work. Getting enough sleep, eating healthy and exercising a couple of times a week are a great source of energy boost. People who keep this balance tend to have a better outlook of life and better mood which helps to handle stress.
- Be organised and prioritize
Prepare a schedule daily, including main tasks and responsibilities. Start with a to-do-list, to make sure you keep on track and be as efficient as possible with finishing your workload. Add tasks as required and set priorities and deadlines.
Keeping your workspace tidy can also help you to have things handy and make you feel in control.
- Be realistic
Don’t take on larger workloads than what you can actually manage. It is hard to say no, but it can prevent you from stressing. Learn to delegate and be honest on whether or not you can meet a deadline. A clear communication helps manage better expectations and leads to better final outcomes.