How to manage work stress?

Stress, as difficult as it might be to accept, is an important part of our lives. It can bring out the best in us, motivating us towards ever greater heights of personal achievement.

But too much stress, or feeling unable to cope with it, can take a serious toll on our wellbeing.  Railroad Dental Associates say that stress can get so bad that it can even cause you to grind your teeth at night, which is why they recommend using a mouth guard while sleeping. That’s why corporate wellness apps like CircleCare focuses on managing stress instead of trying to completely removing it. Follow the tips from them below to start managing stress at work from today.

 

Leave your desk

If possible, avoid eating lunch at your desk. Taking a break to eat and enjoy a relaxing mealtime can relieve the symptoms of stress and help avoid indigestion.

Reject negativity

Negative thinking can sap energy and motivation; instead try to think positively, take pride in accomplishments and don’t take on negative attitudes that colleagues may express.

Let go of control

Some things are beyond our control, and key to reducing stress is accepting that. Instead focus on the things you can change and influence, such as your reaction to problems.

Get some “Me Time”

Work-life balance is key to reducing stress and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, so its important to make time for yourself outside of work and try to leave work at the door.

Forget perfectionism

Ditch perfectionism and stop being too self-critical. Instead set realistic goals and expectations, and if they aren’t met avoid seeing it as a failure.

Listen to music

Listening to relaxing music has the potential to reduce stress and anxiety, while lowering blood pressure and heart rate. If your workplace permits, donning your headphones for some Mozart should do just the trick!

Be wary of caffeine

Caffeine can cause individuals to feel “wound up” so limiting intake of products like coffee, tea and fizzy drinks can help to reduce stress. That’s not to say you have to avoid it altogether.

Get enough sleep

While stress and sleep can form a vicious cycle, getting enough sleep is vital to fight stress. If you’re well-rested you’ll be better equipped to deal with issues at work with more clarity.

Have a good lough

Laughing reduces the amount of cortisol in your body (The stress hormone) and boosts endorphins. Watching a funny YouTube video over lunch or chatting with a friend could do the world of good.

Recognize your moods

Realize when you are stressed and what your response is to feeling. Once you recognize this it’ll be easier to determine how to change the situation and alleviate the tension your’e feeling.

Beat the rush 

Leaving your work 5-10 minutes earlier than usual can save a great deal of stress and make your morning more relaxed. Rushing on the other hand, can put you in bad stead for the rest of the day.

Deep Breathing

When things get stressful, tasking some deep breaths can help restore balance. Inhale for 5 seconds, hold and exhale in equal counts through the nose. Repeat a few times and you should feel calmer.

While practicing these tips, it is important to keep in mind that stress should not be completely absent, it should be at a manageable level – so that it can work like an incentive to perform better.

CircleCare is the first workplace wellness app designed to boost employee happiness and improve employee engagement across any organization or team with rewards.