Stress in the Workplace
Small amounts of stress at work are normal and can help motivate us to get tasks accomplished. However, when stressors build up, it can be damaging to our health and well-being. According to The American Institute of Stress, 80% of workers in 2017 feel stress on the job, 25% say their job is the number one stressor in their life and nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress. With that being said, here are some tips on how to de-stress at work and stay healthy and productive!
How to De-Stress
- Take a healthy snack break. Working past when your body needs to re-energize causes your blood sugar levels to drop and stress levels to increase. Taking a minute to decompress and fuel your body with a healthy snack improves energy and enables you to better handle stressors.
- Get up and stretch. WELCOA created a poster “Sit For 60, Move For 3” to educate employees on the health dangers of sitting for long periods of time. For every hour, you should stand up, stretch and move around for at least 3 minutes. This gets your blood flowing, reduces stress and improves your focus.
- Keep a worry sheet. You can only focus on one challenge at a time. So if you feel your self worrying about multiple projects, deadlines or any other stressors, write them down. Make notes on why you are worried and possible solutions, and then prioritize. Focus on what is the most time sensitive, and come back to the other challenges later. You will be surprised at how much more efficient and less stressed you become!
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