Modern day workers are often bombarded with tasks, interrupted multiple times a day and faced with rigorous deadlines they must meet. Coupled with the demands of the outside world, it is likely no surprise to anyone that stress can be a common feeling within the workplace. Increased stress can also lead to decreased productivity due to fatigue or lack of motivation, therefore it is essential to know how to combat these negative feelings and stay focused without becoming overwhelmed. This will not only benefit the quality of your work, but your mental health, too.
There are a number of simple techniques you could use within the workplace to help manage your stress levels and those of the team surrounding you. So, below you’ll find our top tips:
Start your day off right
High energy levels in the mornings (although this may sometimes seem impossible) are essential to start the day and, hopefully, end the day with a positive outlook and a clear mindset. Staying hydrated, avoiding coming to work on an empty stomach and aiming to be well rested overnight will all contribute to better mornings and more motivation. You may also find it beneficial to give yourself a little extra time in the mornings to get ready for the day. This will prevent rush and panic and ensure you are fully prepared for whatever is thrown your way.
Organise your work-space
It is widely agreed that cluttered environments can play a huge role in how we feel about our work and ourselves, because mess distracts our attention away from what we should be focused on and restricts full relaxation. It can also hinder our productivity, preventing us from locating the tools we need to work efficiently, and invading our creative spaces. Therefore, it would be useful to get organised: get rid of the things you don’t need, coordinate the things you do need into designated areas or folders and personalise your zone to make it your own.
Communicate with those around you
The famous saying “don’t suffer in silence” should come to mind here. Sometimes, just having somebody to talk to and share your issues with can take a weight off of your shoulders, even if they can’t fix the problem for you. Having a solid support network in the workplace and not isolating yourself from that network will ensure that everybody involved is able to manage their stress levels more easily just through the power of communication, because it helps to know that you are not alone.
Revise your schedule
Rather than letting the workload overwhelm you, creating a balanced schedule that allows you to work at a manageable pace will lessen the chances of workplace burnout. If possible, try to avoid multitasking and allow your mind to focus on one assignment at a time instead of splitting your attention between too many. It is also important to take time out for regular breaks away from the desk to help you recharge and clear your mind.
Sometimes we need to work without any distractions and to shut ourselves off from those around us – and that is okay. You should not feel guilty for taking time out to work solo if productivity is dwindling. You might find it useful to bring a pair of earphones to work and make a playlist of calming music, or find a quiet place in the work environment where you can focus uninterrupted and achieve what you need to.