How To Reduce Work Related Stress
November 20, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

workplace stress

The workplace can be a source of major frustration and discomfort for many people. Depending on the job, the types of stressors can vary – although it’s a good bet that the levels are roughly the same for everyone. Whether it’s a testy boss, long hours or minimum wage that’s getting to you, we’ve assembled a list of advisory points that may bring you some peace as you bring home the bacon.

Take A Break

This may seem like an obvious one, but nobody can deny its efficiency. Breaks and lunches are scheduled for most employees, but ensure you take advantage of the time – no matter if you’ve been granted ten minutes to catch your breath, or a half hour for staring into the soul of your soggy ham sandwich. Workers in retail, construction or any job requiring you to be constantly on your feet should ensure they don’t waste the opportunity to relax for a moment, while those in sedentary jobs should head for a brief walk down the street and back, stretching their legs. It might even be a good idea to take a book along with you some days, so on breaks you’re able to completely remove yourself from the work environment, even for a few minutes. It’s more likely you’ll hop on Facebook instead, but vary how you spend your precious free time – you’d be surprised by how much you will accomplish for your own health.

Sleep Full Nights

Waking up for work can be the worst feeling in the world; it’s frigid November, the sky is pitch black at 6am and everyone else is fast asleep. It feels almost unbelievably worse if you’ve been up the night before out drinking, or even just being stubborn by staying up to watch one more episode of whatever show you’re binging on Netflix. Stumbling into the shower and clothes while your head is thumping from all those shots isn’t fun, and certainly does you no favours if you have to drive to work. Regular tiredness is no better for commuters, and to an extent, even dangerous. Slaving over a computer while your eyes slip shut is a battle you’ll be losing all day, making you and everyone around you miserable. It goes without saying that interacting with customers would be a torment in itself and operating heavy machinery is a death wish. Basically, do the 8 hours every night, give your body and brain a chance to recoup before the day starts over. A good sleep cycle is nearly more important than how and what you eat.

Eat Healthily/Drink Plenty Of Water

Speaking of self-care, one way of looking after your body that will improve your well-being overall is eating properly and drinking enough water. As an immediate method of stress relief, it may not hit the top of everyone’s list; after all, returning home from a 12 hour shift means you stick on the Pot Noodle and down half a bottle of Coke before falling into bed. The time and patience for formulating the perfect meal simply isn’t there for everyone, which is understandable. However, it is an aspect of daily life that people should pay more attention to, especially in a world that thrives on selling fast foods and easy options to tired consumers. Switching out the chips for a salad every now and then to start off with will benefit you in the short and long term. Getting into the habit of carrying around a bottle of water that you frequently refill will also help your brainpower, eliminate toxins, and increase your energy. Give yourself more time in the morning to prepare a nutritious lunch, as well as time for eating a decent breakfast.

Stress Ball/ Doodling Pad/ Dumbbells

There’s little to be done when you’re trapped in a cubicle staring at spreadsheets, or stuck trying to find a specific shirt in the store database that that one customer just has to have. At the end of the day, the job is the job, and that comes with unpleasantness sometimes. However, if things get hectic or too intense, and your break isn’t for another two hours, it may help to have another outlet for your irritation, boredom or general negativity. Having a small, easily accessible activity nearby can be a lifesaver in many situations. Pick up a stress ball at any newsagents or toy shop, or 5-pound dumbbells that may relieve some tension as you attempt to navigate the troublesome tasks you’ve been set. If you simply want to clear your head, but the rain is coming down on what should have been a perfect afternoon for a walk, go the reliable route of doodling on a pad. This can apply to those who relish expressing their creativity or someone who just needs to escape for a while.

Regular Exercise

No-one wants to hear it, but there’s no getting away from it. Exercise is crucial to our health, and absolutely essential if you work in a job that has you rooted to the same spot for the whole day. A gym membership that you give up on after the second week of January each year isn’t enough – you have to get into a routine of maintaining your fitness that’s as natural to you as brushing your teeth or making your bed. It’s worth it to invest in a treadmill or exercise bike if you can’t easily get to a gym every day, or even every other day. Owning a dog may mean you don’t have to spend money at all – just get out there with him every evening for a jog or brisk walk. Besides improving your cardiovascular health and reducing the risk of heart disease and obesity, regular exercise is a brilliant way to get rid of stress that has built up during your day. It releases endorphins that will keep your mood elevated and let you sleep long nights. Perfect for keeping the hardworking employee going!

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How To Reduce Work Related Stress
November 20, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

workplace stress

The workplace can be a source of major frustration and discomfort for many people. Depending on the job, the types of stressors can vary – although it’s a good bet that the levels are roughly the same for everyone. Whether it’s a testy boss, long hours or minimum wage that’s getting to you, we’ve assembled a list of advisory points that may bring you some peace as you bring home the bacon.

Take A Break

This may seem like an obvious one, but nobody can deny its efficiency. Breaks and lunches are scheduled for most employees, but ensure you take advantage of the time – no matter if you’ve been granted ten minutes to catch your breath, or a half hour for staring into the soul of your soggy ham sandwich. Workers in retail, construction or any job requiring you to be constantly on your feet should ensure they don’t waste the opportunity to relax for a moment, while those in sedentary jobs should head for a brief walk down the street and back, stretching their legs. It might even be a good idea to take a book along with you some days, so on breaks you’re able to completely remove yourself from the work environment, even for a few minutes. It’s more likely you’ll hop on Facebook instead, but vary how you spend your precious free time – you’d be surprised by how much you will accomplish for your own health.

Sleep Full Nights

Waking up for work can be the worst feeling in the world; it’s frigid November, the sky is pitch black at 6am and everyone else is fast asleep. It feels almost unbelievably worse if you’ve been up the night before out drinking, or even just being stubborn by staying up to watch one more episode of whatever show you’re binging on Netflix. Stumbling into the shower and clothes while your head is thumping from all those shots isn’t fun, and certainly does you no favours if you have to drive to work. Regular tiredness is no better for commuters, and to an extent, even dangerous. Slaving over a computer while your eyes slip shut is a battle you’ll be losing all day, making you and everyone around you miserable. It goes without saying that interacting with customers would be a torment in itself and operating heavy machinery is a death wish. Basically, do the 8 hours every night, give your body and brain a chance to recoup before the day starts over. A good sleep cycle is nearly more important than how and what you eat.

Eat Healthily/Drink Plenty Of Water

Speaking of self-care, one way of looking after your body that will improve your well-being overall is eating properly and drinking enough water. As an immediate method of stress relief, it may not hit the top of everyone’s list; after all, returning home from a 12 hour shift means you stick on the Pot Noodle and down half a bottle of Coke before falling into bed. The time and patience for formulating the perfect meal simply isn’t there for everyone, which is understandable. However, it is an aspect of daily life that people should pay more attention to, especially in a world that thrives on selling fast foods and easy options to tired consumers. Switching out the chips for a salad every now and then to start off with will benefit you in the short and long term. Getting into the habit of carrying around a bottle of water that you frequently refill will also help your brainpower, eliminate toxins, and increase your energy. Give yourself more time in the morning to prepare a nutritious lunch, as well as time for eating a decent breakfast.

Stress Ball/ Doodling Pad/ Dumbbells

There’s little to be done when you’re trapped in a cubicle staring at spreadsheets, or stuck trying to find a specific shirt in the store database that that one customer just has to have. At the end of the day, the job is the job, and that comes with unpleasantness sometimes. However, if things get hectic or too intense, and your break isn’t for another two hours, it may help to have another outlet for your irritation, boredom or general negativity. Having a small, easily accessible activity nearby can be a lifesaver in many situations. Pick up a stress ball at any newsagents or toy shop, or 5-pound dumbbells that may relieve some tension as you attempt to navigate the troublesome tasks you’ve been set. If you simply want to clear your head, but the rain is coming down on what should have been a perfect afternoon for a walk, go the reliable route of doodling on a pad. This can apply to those who relish expressing their creativity or someone who just needs to escape for a while.

Regular Exercise

No-one wants to hear it, but there’s no getting away from it. Exercise is crucial to our health, and absolutely essential if you work in a job that has you rooted to the same spot for the whole day. A gym membership that you give up on after the second week of January each year isn’t enough – you have to get into a routine of maintaining your fitness that’s as natural to you as brushing your teeth or making your bed. It’s worth it to invest in a treadmill or exercise bike if you can’t easily get to a gym every day, or even every other day. Owning a dog may mean you don’t have to spend money at all – just get out there with him every evening for a jog or brisk walk. Besides improving your cardiovascular health and reducing the risk of heart disease and obesity, regular exercise is a brilliant way to get rid of stress that has built up during your day. It releases endorphins that will keep your mood elevated and let you sleep long nights. Perfect for keeping the hardworking employee going!

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