Have you ever heard of lunchtime walking programs or yoga in the workplace?
Wellness programs at work are intended to positively impact the morale, decrease stress levels, and enhance team-building. For employees who are not currently a part of a workplace wellness program, managing stress at the office may include a greater understanding for the signs and how to deal with them.
Signs and symptoms of workplace stress include:
- Trouble concentrating
- Muscle tension or headache
- Social withdrawal
- Feeling anxious, irritable, or depressed
To counteract these signs here are five ways to best manage stress at work:
- When you arrive at work, take the time to assess your “to do” list. Analyze your scheduled commitments and responsibilities. Doing this without distraction will help you to get grounded. Accomplishing high priority tasks first, while balancing breaks in between can help balance your day.
- Remember to eat. Did you know that low blood sugar can make you feel anxious and irritable? Nourishing your body with healthy snacks, like carrots or apples, and taking a lunch break away from your desk can help your body maintain an even level of blood sugar. This will help keep your energy up, so that you can remain focused.
- Regularly exercise. Exercise is a powerful stress reliever. Lunchtime walking or stretching on your breaks can be highly effective in lifting your mood, sharpening focus, and relaxing your body and mind.
- Avoid self-defeating behavior. Stress on the job can be amplified by negative thinking. Focusing on perfectionism or controlling behavior can drain people of energy and motivation. So, instead, focus on things you can control like your own behavior. Pat yourself on the back for small accomplishments, aim to do your best, and find ways to support your colleagues for positive resolve.
- End of day routine. At the end of your work day, take a moment to write down a “to do” list for the following day. Assessing what was completed and what may need to be a priority for the following day can be a great way to decompress.
Knowing that you have complete control over your own process can help you to establish good habits to manage stress on the job.
Helpful Resources on Stress:
- National Institute of Mental Health Fact Sheet on Stress: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/index.shtml
- Mark Bowden ‘Managing and Understanding Stress’: https://mbhypnosisdownloads.com/understanding-managing-stress/