Stress. It happens. You say yes to too many responsibilities and soon enough you find yourself overloading in work tasks, and barely finding any time for yourself or the things you love. Before you know it, you are in burnout mode.
Burnout: a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.
Whether this relates to you, or it is a common path you’ve taken, everyone reacts to stress differently. Research shows that 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. (https://www.stress.org/stress-research) Some symptoms include anxiety, depression, irritability, compulsive behavior, and mood swings. All of these reduce your capacity to perform and function well in your workplace.
Here are some tips on how to deal with stress while you’re working.
There are eight dimensions of personal wellness, and although most of them affect your work life, these some to highlight.
Sleep: You are the biggest enemy of your own sleep. Sleeping helps clear your mind and rests your brain for the next day. If you find yourself with lack of sleep, get on a schedule that works for you. Make a goal as simple as eating an early dinner and go to sleep an hour earlier than usual.
Healthy Diet: If you are a stress eater, this can be a hard one. Focus on meals that actually fuel your body and give you energy to complete work tasks. Do not overeat and intake high-calorie foods. This will make you feel worse about yourself and give you instant regret.
Exercise: Not everyone enjoys working out, but find simple ways to increase physical activity when you are overloaded with stress. Exercising releases endorphins, helps reduce mild depression, keeps you calm and makes you become more focused. Something as simple as taking the time to walk your dog can help clear your mind.
Personal Time: With social media being widely accessible, it may be hard to not be online 24/7. Take the time to do something you enjoy. Make it a goal to not constantly check your work emails and make time for what you truly love. How do you enjoy spending your time? Whether that’s painting, writing, listening to music or watching movies - personal time will help you reduce your stress.
Environmental: Your workplace environment is a reflection of your mindset and your work. Always be conscious of who you are giving your time and energy to, and make sure you have peers who motivate you. If what you are lacking in your workplace is organization, focus on changing your environment to somewhere with less clutter and distractions.
Productivity is Key
When you feel like your work life is becoming too overwhelming and stressful, keep calm read these helpful tips that will highlight your productivity.
Prioritize what is important. Make a to-do list and number them by levels of importance. This will organize your thoughts and help you visualize all the things you have to do. It is important to pick and choose your battles wisely.
Reduce responsibilities by learning to say no. Sometimes we want to please the people around us and end up overloading our schedules. If it is not the right time for something or it does not benefit you in the long run, learn to say “no”.
Cut negative relationships. It is okay to outgrow a friendship that no longer serves you or that you no longer enjoy. Build relationships within your personal and work life that serve a fulfilling purpose.
Declutter your workspace. Remember that your workspace is a reflection of your work. Remove distractions and work somewhere that motivates you and inspires you.
Build a strong sense of community. Choose your peers wisely. Being around creative, positive people will have a reflection on your worklife.
Make Yourself a Priority
Although life can get intense with overwhelming obligations, it is always important to make yourself a priority. Do not less stress prevent you from having a happy and successful life.