In the previous blogs, we spoke about the importance of sleep, and explained why you should aim to get between 7 and 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night. Not getting enough sleep can contribute to stress factors, just as diet and exercise can affect stress levels. But, by making small adjustments to your daily routine, stress can be reduced.

No matter what you do to avoid stress, you can’t because it’s everywhere. There are many types of stress, but not all are bad. Some work stress can be good as it keeps you on your toes; keeps you alert, focused and energetic. But, in today’s hectic world, we find workplace stress spilling into other areas of our lives, and this can cause problems. However, there are ways to deal with stress – whether it’s under your control or not!

When stress exceeds your comfort zone, it stops being helpful and starts causing major problems to your mental and physical state. It can cause illnesses such as anxiety and depression, and cause you to lose a lot of sleep. Major stress at work causes you to be angry and irritable, and become withdrawn from your surroundings, unavoidably feeling dissatisfied in your job. Here are a few ways you could manage your stress.

When stress exceeds your comfort zone, it stops being helpful and starts causing major problems to your mental and physical state.

Creating positive relationships with colleagues, friends, or family members are a good way to talk out the problems contributing to your stress. They don't have to offer you a solution, just be a good listener.

Get exercising! Look back to our ‘keeping active at work’ article, to see how you can increase your daily steps.

You are what you eat. It’s as simple as that. What you eat has a huge impact on how you feel throughout the day, so by maintaining your sugar levels, you can keep your energy and focus up. Things like sugar and refined carbs quickly lead to a crash in mood and energy, so by keeping an eye on how you feel after eating certain foods will give you a good indication of what affects your energy levels most.

Sleep more! Easier said than done, but with time, it is possible to get into a routine and ensure you’re getting night after night of peaceful sleep.

Prioritise and organise! If your work load becomes too much to handle, make a list of what you need to do, starting with the most important. Make sure to take breaks after completing each task.

And lastly, try to adopt a more positive thought process. When a piece of work comes your way, try not to think about what an inconvenience it may have caused, or how long it will take to complete; see it as a new challenge or opportunity you can take on, and how you can and will develop from completing it.

One of the best stress relievers are relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga. By switching your mind off for 10 minutes a day, your body goes into a deep relaxation where the benefits are endless – reduced anxiety levels, ease migraines, better night’s sleep and more.

Stress at work: Kera News
Woman Meditating: Whole Science