Revised and Updated by Seth Preston on: September 26, 2019
In the break-neck modern work culture we inhabit today, it’s useful to have moments of rest. Many will tell you that you have to maintain a work/life balance to successfully avoid stress, but the modern workplace has many surprises, and you will be put in a stressful position. Managing workplace stress is all part of a delicate balance. When you maintain that balance, you will see an increase in morale and productivity.
Have a Plan
Your workload can take a turn when tasks spring-up unexpectedly. Having a plan can help your workload head off potential problems that can cause stress. Structure your day to leave wiggle room for unexpected occurrences, so that when they arise, you can address them without being swamped.
Take your breaks
Depending on company policy, many allow brief breaks throughout the day. Use them! Leaving your office, taking your eyes off of your computer screen, and taking a breather will leave you refreshed and ready to complete tasks upon your return.
Desk snacks and water
It’s easy to fall into convenient desk snacking, so how can we manifest this potential bad habit into a good one? Keeping healthy snacks at your desk will encourage addressing the mid-day energy crisis. In addition to that, having a water bottle handy for steady hydration helps with workplace fatigue. Staying hydrated is important for your overall body health as well!
Bring your pet?
Here at Trial Runners, we bring our dogs to work on Fridays! This option may not be available for your place of employment, but take advantage if it does. Pets in the workplace is a proven method for elevating office morale. They spark conversation and bring employees together.
Know when to take a step back
This can be in line with taking effective breaks, but there also may come a time when you need to simply step back from what you are doing and work on something else. Jobs that require creativity on a regular basis experience this strategy very often. Forcing the brain to create ideas and art can be taxing, and requires more time than general office tasks. Holding off on a project and allowing the brain to be inspired yet again is a viable strategy for a large project.
Know yourself, and know what sets your stress levels higher than normal. This knowledge, along with exercising stress management techniques, can help your overall health.