The workplace stress level has reached record levels in the last year. It is affecting both individuals as well as companies. It is impossible to eliminate stress, but there are ways to manage it and minimize it.
Establish a schedule for the evening.
The transition into work is easier in the morning. Before you go to work, there are some activities you can do, such as breakfast, reading the newspaper, or sending your kids to school. When these activities are complete, it’s time for you to shift into work mode.
This transition is less evident at the end, primarily when you work from home. You can fix this by setting up an end-of-the-day routine. It’s time to close all browser tabs. Rinse your coffee mug and get ready for the next day. Clean up your desk. Do anything else that will help you end your workday. This will make it easier to switch off work by making your routine a part of your daily routine.
You can completely disconnect from your job.
In managing stress and lowering your levels, it is essential to disconnect from the workplace fully. To avoid the temptation to check your phone for notifications, turn off notifications when you’re not working.
Your workspace can get greenery.
Research has shown that plants and nature can be great stress reliever. A few minutes of looking at nature can help lower stress levels and anxiety. They can be kept on your desk so that your mind is free to focus on them when stress levels are high. Even photos of plants can work. Artificial plants make a great choice if you have pets. Many plants are toxic to dogs and cats.
All types of activity are suitable for stress reduction, including slow and relaxing walks or intense workouts. Take a stroll around your neighborhood before going to work. Or, if you are working remotely, walk after lunch. Or the longer route to the breakroom. You can walk to the park during your lunch break if there is one nearby.
Manage your nutrition.
Your stress levels are directly affected by your diet. You can increase or decrease stress by what you eat. Being hydrated is just as important. Even mild dehydration can worsen stress feelings. Davinia, a Sunday Times bestseller, and biohacker, suggest creating a plan to support your nutritional needs. For energy throughout the day, eat healthy fats and high protein, fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. Taylor advises against eating low-fat foods as it can lead to increased stress levels. Instead, choose healthy fats like avocados, fish, milk, and nuts.
Improve your sleep.
Quality sleep is more important than quantity. You can improve your sleep quality by identifying the factors that are preventing you from being well-rested. You could have a warm room or a pillow that’s not supportive or a pillow or mattress that’s too soft.
You can make improvements to your sleeping habits once you have identified the problem. To make your bed softer or more supportive, look for products that meet your needs.
These changes will reduce stress and anxiety as soon you begin to make them a habit. These changes will become habits, and you will reap the benefits each day.