These days the boundaries between work and private life are becoming more and more blurred. Constant availability via smartphones, laptops are making it more difficult for employees to simply switch off. So it's no wonder that stress has long since become a widespread phenomenon in our society. But while a healthy level of stress can actually be beneficial, while a prolonged stress quickly has a negative impact on our health. Concentration disorders, burnout and other illnesses are the result.
However, with a few simple tricks, you can reduce everyday stress and avoid more serious consequences. In this article we have compiled some tips on how you can simply get out of the hustle and bustle of your stressed life.
Divide your tasks
See that pile of paperwork? That unstoppable flow of emails! All of which probably makes you want to scream. A simple solution is to divide the workload into manageable chunks. Instead of focusing on the total number of documents you need to file in a day, tell yourself that you will have completed five relationships after an hour, then 10 after two hours, and so on.
With this “divide and conquer” approach, you will not only stop stressing about a seemingly unattainable end goal, but you will also highlight the real progress you are making.
The body can experience occasional stressful moments, but it is not designed to respond to prolonged stress. You need shorter or longer breaks to recharge your batteries and breathe. Taking breaks is necessary to break the stress cycle. And, it will restore your physical and mental strength.
So when exactly, you should take breaks? According to studies, taking a 5-10 minute break roughly every hour and 30 minutes every 2-4 hours releases your stress level. At this frequency, you will be able to keep a constant energy level throughout the day and prevent stress from building up.
Do not give in to bosses
In some cases, it is the boss's bad relationship with his employees that causes severe stress in the workplace. Faced with excessive pressure or incessant criticism, try to react as a professional, without taking everything personally. You can also implement specific strategies to establish dialogue as constructive as possible with your supervisor. For example, always try to focus on things to do or on how to solve a problem.
When difficult situations overwhelm, sharing your concerns with the environment is an excellent strategy to reduce stress. Therefore, it is essential to maintain good relationships with the team and co-workers. A healthy communication climate is a great influence to keep balanced. Family and friends are also unconditional support when it comes to hearing problems.
Reflect on personal stress triggers
Not everyone reacts in the same way to potentially stressful situations. It is all the more important to know and reflect on personal stress triggers. For example, those who are particularly, meticulous will suffer more time pressure than someone satisfied with a decent but not entirely perfect result. Others, on the other hand, quickly feel disciplined if not every suggestion are immediately met with approval. Be honest with yourself and find out your "sore points" - if necessary with professional help from a coach or psychotherapist.
Have you tried any of these activities to avoid stress at work? Go ahead and try them and always remember that stress is something that you can not only learn to handle, but you can also use it to your advantage, it's all a matter of knowing how.