BlogsHow to Avoid Work-related Stress
May 5, 2017, by Ryan Miller
It's no secret that work can be one of the greatest stress-generators employees and leaders alike. Looming project deadlines, difficult co-workers, challenging clients, and much much more all meld together to create an environment conducive to stress. It’s important that you and your employees recognize the indicators of stress, like these:
- Feelings of anxiousness, irritability, or depression
- Feeling tired all the time
- Trouble concentrating on everyday tasks
- Stomach problems
- Muscle tension or headaches
- Sleeping fitfully or not at all
- With a few simple in office (and at home) practices you can ensure you and your employees make it through the week without losing sleep or feeling anxiety.
Exercising increases your energy, improves your mood and can even sharpen focus. Steer clear from a routine that will not become a habit, and try standing up and taking walking meetings to get your daily exercise. Try and aim for 30 minutes per day at least 5 days a week.
I know, so much easier said than done, but now it is time to make sleep a priority. When you get enough sleep you are less likely to overeat, you are more able to handle stress, and your focus will stay sharp throughout the day. It’s important to turn off your electronics at least an hour before bed as the light from the screens can disrupt your sleep cycle. If you have to nap during the day, aim for 15-20 minutes or you will wake up feeling groggier than before.
Tis the season to focus on your "beach body." Try to add extra servings of these options during meals or while snacking:
- Complex carbohydrates for improved energy
- Adequate amounts of fiber from fruits and veggies
- Antioxidant rich foods – kale, dark chocolate, and blueberries
- Omega-3s which are mood stabilizers – fish and lean proteins
Lean on Friends and Family
Building strong relationships inspires feelings of belonging and support. Verbalizing your problems or stresses with friends helps relieve the tension and brings new ideas to mind of how to handle problems. Put down your smartphone and enjoy some rest and relaxation with your closest buddies.
What are your stress relievers? Share them in the comments below.