I consider myself very lucky, in that I am able to choose my place of work every morning, and not have to worry about it (at all)…but it wasn’t always like that.
Yep, I’ve spent time in my youth in what I call ‘the office environment’ – and it still sends shivers down my spine!
When I think back to those years, I now realise that they were the most stressful time of my life, and I really wasn’t cut out for that kind of work life. But, not everyone is as lucky as me – some people HAVE to work in these environments, and do so for many years.
In this article we will be taking a look at some effective options for dealing with stress from work.
Are you sick of the lack of serenity your office space offers you?
Do you feel like quietly screaming your way through you desk job, day after day?
If so, this could be the article for you…
How do You Deal With Stress at Work?
At the end of the day, stress, regardless of its origin, can be the starting point for all types of nasties in our life – mainly emotional and biological issues.
It can be the catalyst for many different types of anxiety and depression, and in some cases it can even be linked to various versions of heart disease. But how many of us are taking action with this stress, and trying to improve our workplace experience?
Not enough of us I’m afraid.
Let’s take a look at a handful of ‘hacks’ that could improve your stress levels when you are stuck in the office…
Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
Getting up in the morning and having a positive outlook on the workday ahead, usually depends on the amount of sleep you’ve managed to fit in the night before. If you’re down the pub every night, smashing Fortnite online or blasting your way through a late night Netflix session…there’s a good chance you’re going to feel pretty shitty the next day in work!
Without enough rest, your performance at work suffers. Mistakes, stupid work decisions and short cuts will be your main form of defence against this tiredness.
You should be looking for at least seven hours sleep a night – try and go to bed at the same (reasonable) time every night.
What Are You Having For Breakfast?
Remember what your mum used to tell you as a teenager – your breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
Ironically, it’s also the meal that we as professionals are most likely to skip, opting to wait for an early lunch instead. We are told that eating the correct breakfast, will help us make the correct food choices for the remainder of the day. It will also help us make the correct work decisions.
Your brain runs on glucose, or sugar, and when you first wake up it’s actually pretty low on sugars. So your blood sugar levels are low because you haven’t eaten for a number of hours – feed yourself up and get that brain ticking over in style!
Do You Like Plants?
Bit of a strange question there, isn’t it?
But seriously – a recent study from the Journal of Environmental Psychology highlights the fact that plants can have a calming office effect and even positively affect one’s attention span.
I’m not 100% sure how all this works, seems pretty spiritual to me, but it’s certainly worth a shout if you’re into that type of thing!
Take A Nice Walk…
If the stress of the office starts to feel like it’s overpowering you – simply try a nice walk.
I’ve seen this happen time and time again, when I was living in London. Big groups of office workers would stick together and walk along a local canal as they ate their food/lunch.
You will feel less tense, less stressed and more productive after walking.
Be Prepared (For The Office Dickheads!!!)
To me, this is probably the most important point to take on-board from this article…which is kinda why we left it until last!
It doesn’t matter who you are, or how calm you are – at some point in your career someone in the office or workplace is going to say something you find cruel, personally.
Be prepared and shake it all off!
Easier said than done, I know.
Try your best not to take anything personally, try and let it all slide down you and not effect your overall mood throughout the day.
If someone deals out a solid criticism or a rude comment at work, keep in mind that it’s more about their need to offload the negativity and possibly their bad day than it is about you.
Dealing With Problems at Work
What are your opinions on this subject – do you have any special ‘hacks’ that manage to get you through a busy work day (without killing someone!)?
If you have any thoughts or opinions on this subject, please consider leaving them in the comment section below.