Stress Awareness month takes place in April, and here at Clever Business Websites, we wanted to help to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic the best way we know how.
We’ve all been there at some point, that drowning feeling that you have too much work to do and not enough time. Deadlines looming, the phone won’t stop ringing, there is too much to handle and you are feeling the stress and strain. Here are our top stress-busting tips, helping you to stay productive and on top of things at work.
Regain Control, Get Organised
Taking the time to simplify your cluttered mind will help you to regain control of the situation you are in. If you feel that you have a lot on, make a list and prioritise your workload. By getting things down on paper, it is often easier to see what has to be done, and can give you a more structured approach to the situation you are in, rather than feeling overwhelmed and not have an idea of where to start. Using tools to help such as QuickBooks or Todoist for example, can help you keep everything organised and also saves you time so you can concentrate on what matters most.
Take a Break
Don’t be tempted to work through your lunch break. Taking a break from your workspace is important. Even if you don’t feel that you have the time to take the whole hour, at least move away from your desk, get something to eat and drink, perhaps go for a walk to get some fresh air. You will feel better for it and when you come back you will likely be more productive and motivated, as well as being less likely to make a mistake, which can often happen when we are stressed, tired and rushed.
Talk about it
Sometimes things can be so overwhelming, but when they are shared, it becomes easier to gain perspective find a solution. If you have someone in your workplace that you can confide in or share the load, do so. You may find out that they can assist you with some of your tasks, or perhaps they know some excel shortcuts that might make your task quicker. Sometimes, feeling stressed can cloud our judgement, but talking things through can help us to regain perspective.
Sounds like a silly thing to say, but controlled breathing can really have a positive effect on stress in our bodies. Obviously you may not want to do this at your desk where people can see you, if you close your eyes, breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose for 5 seconds, then breath out slowly through your mouth for 10 seconds. This can really help with stress and anxiety, calming you down and bringing you into a better mindset to complete your tasks.
It’s talked about a lot, but according to The Independent, adults in the UK are undersleeping by an hour every night. Stress can keep us awake at night, but to combat this and get a good sleep, take a warm bath, avoid caffeine, read a book and avoid smartphones, TVs and computers at least an hour before bed. Keep a pad next to your bed if you do have anxieties, you can write them down and deal with them in the morning, rather than letting the thoughts fill your head, preventing you from sleeping.
Life is full of stresses and it won't always be possible to keep above them, but making little changes can help.