According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), in 2015/16 over 480,000 people in the UK reported that work-related stress was making them ill. This amounts to nearly 40% of all work-related illness.
Too much stress can easily lead to high blood pressure, bad eating habits and a very unhealthy lifestyle.
So, here are five useful tips to keep your stress under control and enjoy your work life more:
Breath - Simple enough right? We do it every second of the day after all. However when you’re feeling stressed it’s amazing how little we focus on our breathing. Just step back from the thing which is aggravating you... take a couple of minutes... and some deep, calming breaths. After you’ve had your oxygen hit slowly approach your work again.
Keep a diary - Being organised is essential in any type of job. Keeping a diary or making lists can really help you stay on top of those sneaky deadlines and neglected tasks. Once you're prepared for a certain event, stress just melts away.
Make time for a healthy lunch - Don’t continuously work for long period of times. Many of us are guilty of ‘not having time’ to eat… but no matter how little time you have always take a break and have a bite to eat. Take some time out to recharge before heading back to tackle the stress-inducing problem again.... Your brain will thank you.
Have a laugh - Have some fun. You don’t always have to be work focused. Laughter stimulates circulation and helps muscle relaxation. After a good laughing session, you’ll feel lighter and find it easier to work on your stressful tasks. As the old saying goes, ‘laughter is the best medicine!’.
Ask for help! - People hate doing it but this really eases your stress. When you're not sure what to do… just ask someone! It may be difficult to admit defeat, but take that small step… it won’t hurt you, we promise!
Health is important and the better you feel, the happier you are at work. If you’re feeling too stressed, remember to always talk about it with someone else, or seek medical advice.
Hopefully these tips have brightened up your day and you feel like you're ready to take control of your stress… rather than letting stress get the better of you.