It happens to the best of us. The amount of work we have becomes overwhelming. The stress builds up. It becomes a cycle. The more stress, leads to feeling overwhelmed, which leads to more stress, which makes you feel more overwhelmed, and it goes on and on. When the workload grows, how can we break out of the cycle and get the work done? Here are some tips to handle the stress and break the cycle:
- Stay Organized: Even if you’re a naturally disorganized person, planning ahead to stay organized can greatly decrease stress at work. Being organized with your time means less rushing in the morning to avoid being late and rushing to get out at the end of the day. Keeping yourself organized means avoiding the negative effects of clutter, and being more efficient with your work.
- Be Comfortable: Another surprising stressor at work is physical discomfort. You may not notice the stress you experience when you’re in an uncomfortable chair for a few minutes. But if you practically live in that chair when you’re at work, you can have a sore back and be more reactive to stress because of it. Even small things like office noise can be distracting and cause low-grade frustration. Do what you can to ensure that you’re working from a quiet, comfortable and soothing workspace.
- Stop Multitasking: We’ve written about this quite a bit. When you multitask you get less done, and it what does get done it not done well.There is a certain kind of frazzled feeling that comes from splitting one’s focus that doesn’t work well for most people. Rather than multitasking, try a new strategy known as chunking.
- Take A Walk: Many people are feeling ill effects from leading a sedentary lifestyle. One way you can combat that, and manage stress at work at the same time, is to get some exercise during your lunch break and perhaps take short exercise breaks throughout the day. This can help you blow off steam, lift your mood, and get into better shape.