There is a silent killer at your workplace. It depletes your energy. It’s shaking your confidence. It’s making you feel anxious, irritable, and depressed. Its name? Stress.
Up to 40% of Americans report being extremely stressed at work – and that percentage is only getting higher. Stress has real consequences. OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) estimates $190 billion a year in healthcare costs due to stress, while Harvard and Stanford researchers found that being stressed at work actually lowers your life expectancy. So what can we do? Finding a low-stress job is increasingly hard, while the need to make sure that stress doesn’t get overwhelming is ever more pressing.
To help, here are five effective coping strategies to lower stress levels at work – so that you can get back to kicking ass.
Start Your Day Off Right
Do you have a morning routine? An intentional, mindful one? Or do you just slam some coffee down your throat while scrambling to get your kids fed and off to school?
Most people do the latter. This makes them more prone to stress in the workplace. When you start off the day with planning, good nutrition, and just the right habits to have a good morning, you’ll find that the stress of your job rolls off your back far more easily.
Prioritize And Organize
Feeling overwhelmed naturally leads to stress and burnout. A great way to relieve stress at work is to learn how to prioritize and organize.
Your first step will be to set clear, concise goals. When people set too large or broad of a goal, they’re already setting themselves up for failure. Focus then on the 2 or 3 activities that will have the biggest impact on your goals. If everything is a priority, nothing really is. Kanban boards are a great tool to help you organize your time.
Focus On Positive Relationships
Fostering positive personal relationships at work isn’t always easy. Sometimes, you’ll have to work with someone you don’t get on with. Conflict among co-workers can be difficult to escape, so it’s a good idea to try to avoid it as much as possible. Stay clear of “colorful” office humor and don’t gossip. Try instead to engage with your co-workers by appreciating them and being positive.
Multitasking was once heralded as the best way to get the most done with your time. It’s not. There is growing evidence that multitasking is just plain bad for you and your brain. Check out this article on the 5 reasons why you should stop multitasking right now.
Listen To Music On The Drive Home
Listening to music is an effective way to relieve stress before, during, and after work. If you can’t listen to music while working or in the morning, listening to music on the drive home is a great idea. Combating the stress of a long day with your favorite music will help you wind down and feel less stressed when you get home. This evening, just turn up the volume and enjoy this relaxing and peaceful music.