Five Ways to Deal with Stress at Work

November 6th, 2019 by The Franchise Development Team

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Even if you’re hard at work at your dream job, workplace stress is a real issue. With projects piling up, emails pouring in and meetings taking up almost every hour of your day, it’s easy for even the best multitaskers to feel completely overwhelmed.

In honor of National Stress Awareness Day on November 6, we asked GSI employees about their favorite ways to reduce stress levels at work. Here are their top five:

  1. Take a walk. Take part of your lunch or just a quick break to go outside and walk. If you need a few minutes of quiet reflection, go out on your own, but it can also help to go with a few other co-workers, just make a no-talking-or-thinking-about-work rule while you’re walking. By the time you get back to your desk, you’ll feel refreshed.
  2. Look away from your screens. Your work may have you tied to your computer and smartphone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look away. Every hour or so, give your eyes a quick break by looking away from your screens. If you’re reviewing a shorter document, print it out and read over the hard copy, or take this time to straighten up and wipe down your desk space. No matter what you do, just be sure to immerse yourself in the task. When you turn back to your screens, you’ll be much more relaxed.
  3. Have a healthy snack. Mounting stress can feel icky, and too often, we make things worse by stress-eating unhealthy snacks. That extra donut may taste great, but as your sugar high comes crashing down, you’ll regret your choice. Instead, stock your desk with some healthier options, like granola bars, nuts, fruit and a little dark chocolate. (It’s healthy, after all!) Don’t forget to drink water! Many of us are habitual coffee drinkers, especially at work, but caffeine-induced jitters and dehydration can magnify stress.
  4. Write a to-do list. Take the time each morning to write out a to-do list on a notepad. Writing it by hand forces your mind to slow down a little and engage with each task you record, and it feels really satisfying to physically cross an item off your list. Break down larger projects into smaller, more manageable tasks so that you can cross off more items as you go. Also, consider making a more general weekly list on Monday mornings to help you plan ahead and get a sense of upcoming due dates.
  5. Engage with your five senses. If your stress starts to reach that scary, panicky level, a quick way to calm yourself is to engage your five senses, one by one:
  • Find something you can see and focus on it;
  • Find something you can touch and hold it;
  • Find something you can hear and listen to it;
  • Find something you can smell and inhale;
  • Find something you can taste, even just a sip of water, and experience it.

This process will help your mind reset and refocus.

What are your favorite workplace stress-relieving tips? Share them in the comments below.

 

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