April is Stress Awareness month which aims to spread the message about this modern day epidemic. According to the Mental Health Foundation ‘74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.’ This statistic is alarmingly high.
I have developed some coping mechanisms in my workplace that help me manage my stress. I’m hoping by sharing these with you, this may give you some ideas on how to manage your stress.
I work in an office and sit at a computer all day long. At lunch I make sure I get out of the office for some fresh air. It is important to have screen breaks and fresh air is good for you.
I take regular tea breaks. This helps me stay calm and relaxed at work because I’m not just staring at a video I might be working on. I always find I work quicker if I take breaks because it refreshes me.
In particular, I always have a tea break at 2.30pm because it’s right into the afternoon and gives me 2 hours of work after coming back from my lunch.
Once a week lunch treat
Once a week I will treat myself to a nice lunch. For example myself and a work colleague will go for a Subway on Friday. This gives us something to look forward to and an excuse to leave the office.
I always find that having a tidy work space makes you feel more in control and productive. I always like to tidy my desk at the end of the day to make sure it’s not a mess for when I return in the morning.
I love a to-do list, they make me feel super productive and help me to manage my workload one section at a time. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your workload, try writing down everything you have to complete and tick each thing off as you’ve completed it.
What do you do at work to stay calm? Please let me know in the comments below!