Top tips to reduce stress at work
Exercise & Sleep
Regular exercise, & seven to eight hours per night of sleep, will help to keep you
healthy and energised. It's been proven in many studies that people in good health
deal with challenges at work far better than those in poor health. Take a pro-active
approach to improve your health & wellbeing and you will notice the different
You are what you eat and drink what you put into your body affects how you feel
about yourself as well as playing a key role in your energy levels. Aim for a diet full
of fruit, vegetables, lean protein & essential fats. Also aim to drink 1.5 to 2 litres of
water per day and keep your alcohol intake to a minimum.
The body simply was not designed to sit behind a computer for hours each day, to
ensure you are as healthy as possible make sure you've had a Workstation
Assessment so you are correctly set up at your Workstation. In addition a neck, back
and shoulder massage is a great way to relieve the tension that builds up from
excessive computer use.
If you smoke you may feel like smoking is helping to relieve your stress, but the
FACT is you are actually putting more stress on your body, and as with stress,
smoking raises your blood pressure and generally makes you feel on edge.
How many hours per week to do work? How many days per week do you work?
One of the biggest causes of stress is sheer work volume. Working late or weekends
occasionally won't hurt but week in week out it will catch up with you. Ensure you are
taking regular breaks throughout the day and aim to have your evenings and
weekends work free.
Don't sweat the small stuff; don't sweat over the things you can't control
These two sayings are sometimes hard to live and breathe, however there really is
truth in them; some things really just aren't worth worrying about, and if you have no
control over something don't give it any of your attention, remember you can't control
Laugh more and spend time with the optimists
Humour is a great stress buster; it lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.
Also keeping an optimistic view on life makes things look better straight away, spend
more of your time with the optimists.
Plan & prioritise your objectives for the month
This simple process will ensure you are clear and focused for the month ahead and
will help avoid you doing extra non essential things outside of your objectives.
At the end of each day plan and prioritise your actions for the next day
This will help you switch off when you leave work, thereby giving you that vital
relaxation time in the evening. In addition your subconscious often works out your
problems while sleeping by being clear on the plan for the day ahead.