As the weather’s getting colder, our coffee’s warmer and scarves bigger, our lives get a little more merry – and a lot more stressful. It isn’t just the hustle of holiday parties, present buying and meal prepping that builds up our stress levels – but it’s our work life that does, too. As the year comes to a close, we start to feel the pressure of meeting deadlines and reaching those end-of-year goals. Schedules get complicated and more and more gets smooshed into already busy days due to shortened work weeks. We don’t only feel the pressure of seeing crazy Aunt Sally and finding the perfect gift for our loved ones, but our co-workers and bosses will feel it all coming down on them too, and some might not always handle it greatly. Not only that, but stress has major impacts on our health. Therefore, here’s a compiled list of tips and tricks to handle stress in the workplace.
- Be mindful. Be aware of your stress, what is creating it, and address the problem in the moment while looking at it from different perspectives. Be conscious of those around you, what is happening in these situations and how you are acting in moments when stress is rising. Being mindful is “a state in which you actively observe present experiences and thoughts without judging them.”
- Take a deep breath. This sounds really simple and maybe kind of senseless, but it’s not – it’s a life saver. When you start to feel overwhelmed or something throws you off the edge, just close your eyes and take a few deep breathes in through your nose and out through your mouth. This can help you lower your anxiety levels and have a more calm attitude towards the situation. Calm is always better.
- Find your reliever. This can be hard when you’re on a time crunch and have a million things to do, but this is important. Exercise, paint, meditate, take time to practice your favorite hobby. This is a key to relieving stress. It’s not selfish to throw some of your priorities aside for an hour or two to focus on you – at the end of the day you and all aspects of your health are most important. Always remember that.
- Get enough sleep. Your body and your mind both need time to re-charge. Not only is deep breathing and meditation good for de-stressing in the moment and during spare time, it’s good to practice while laying in bed. When we stress, we tend to lose sleep because of the constant racket racing through our minds – meditation is all about having a clear mind. If you don’t know how to meditate, there’s YouTube, the magic of google, and some amazing meditation apps for your phone like Headspace, where they take you through the entire process.
Stress is a set-back and can seriously impact our overall health. There’s no way to avoid it and no positive result of ignoring it, so all that we can do as human’s is accept it’s happening, address it and the situations causing it, and handle it to the best of our abilities. Staying in a healthy mindset is important in any aspect of our lives!