Simple Ways You Can Reduce Stress And Enjoy Your Job
It doesn’t matter what you do for a living or what you aspire to do for a living, work is stressful. This applies whether you’re working in an office, in the open air or whether you run your own business. There are ways that you can reduce career stress though, ways that you can make your working life easier.
A good breakfast will prepare you for the day ahead. Don’t load up on sugary cereals and/or processed meats. Reject anything loaded with fat, salt and sugar.
You should be eating complex carbs, proteins and fibre to keep you full, active and focused throughout the day. At work you should also substitute candy bars and other processed foods for healthy snacks.
If you look after your body, it will look after you.
Try to find time to meditate each day. Just 5 or 10 minutes of meditation will work wonders for your mental and psychological health.
Meditation can reduce your blood pressure, eliminate stress, and help you to feel calmer and more content. Meditate during lunch, meditate during down-times. It doesn’t matter how long you meditate for, just that you find some time to do it every day.
3. Power of Positive Thought
There are a few phrases that you can tell yourself to help you get through the day. All of these utilize the power of positive thinking:
- “Every minute, every hour and every day I grow stronger. I learn more, experience more and take one step closer to my goal.”
- “Not only do I deserve to be where I am, but I deserve more. My skills are worthy of more money, more responsibility and more respect.”
- “My mental state is more important than my job, but I am capable of keeping both my career and my health in check.”
4. Leave on Time
The longer you stay after the working day is complete, the more stressed you will become. You might win favor from your boss and your colleagues, but you won’t be doing your mental and physical health any favors.
Make sure you leave as soon as the working day ends. By all means signup for overtime if there is some available and you need the money, but you don’t work for free and you don’t need to stay when you’re not being paid.
5. Write Lists and Stick to Them
Every day you should create a list of tasks. Write down what you need to do and when you need to do it. Be comprehensive—make sure you cover everything.
After that, it’s just a case of sticking to the list, following each and every task and ticking them off as you go. This will give your day structure and order, which is a great way of directly reducing stress and anxiety.
6. Avoid Senseless Chatter
Offices, and most other workplaces, are hotbeds of gossip and idle chatter. By all means chat with your colleagues, but don’t get involved in any gossip.
Not only can gossip get you fired, but it can have a negative impact on the workplace and on your social status. Very little good comes out of gossip, so do all you can to avoid it.
7. Save and Invest
The more you rely on your job, the more of a hold it will have over you. The fact that you could be fired at any moment will understandably create a lot of tension, stress and anxiety in you. But that will reduce if you spread your money around and make sure you’re covered for the worst case scenario.
Spend less and save more; invest some of your expendable income. Do all you can to reduce the hold that your paycheck and your boss has over you.
8. Stay Relaxed
If you are relaxed, then you will be prepared for anything that the working day throws at you.
One of the best ways to relax is to practice deep breathing. This can be done while you work, and whenever you feel like stress is beginning to take hold. By breathing deep and focusing on your breath you can calm your mind, focus your thoughts, and reduce your blood pressure/heart rate.
9. Save the Easiest Task for Last
When faced with a long list of errands, the vast majority of us will complete the easy ones first and then work towards the most difficult ones. But as the saying goes, you need to “Save the best for last”.
If you complete the difficult tasks first, then not only will you have more energy and patience for them, but you’ll also be able to enjoy all of the other tasks. That’s because the dread of that final, difficult task is not looming over you.
10. Visualize Your Dream Day
Prior to the start of a working day, you might prepare yourself for the worst. You might anticipate the negative things that will happen. In doing so, you will only increase the stress and apprehension that you feel, making the day slow and difficult.
Instead, just tell yourself that the day will breeze by. Tell yourself that you are about to experience the perfect, stress-free working day. If you do, then that’s exactly what you will have, because you will not be allowing the anxiety and worry to fester inside you.
Forget about working hard, just work smarter. It’s not about time or effort, it’s about efficiency. So, think about every day, every ounce of effort. Change the way you approach your work and the way you think about it and you will be able to get more out of it.