The stress that comes from the every day grind of dealing with a long to do list, seemingly unrealistic demands and being on call 24/7 for work and your family can make your blood pressure sky rocket and drain your energy. In fact workplace stress is such a common issue that I wanted to share my answer to Dr. Oz’s Sharecare top question on stress with you too.
Here is my advice on 3 things you can do to beat stress at work:
1. Turn off your phone and put it away
Sound scary? You are not alone. Nomophobia – fear of being without your smartphone- affects 40% of the population. Smartphones create an addiction to immediately look at and respond to each and every incoming message, alert or bing which adds to your stress.
Here is what you can do to start weaning yourself off your phone. Turn your phone off one hour before you go to bed. It’s a simple tactic that can do you a world of good. We live in a society where we think we need to be available 24/7 to answer calls, emails and texts at any hour. But is that really the case? Is the world really going to end if you don’t respond right away?
Do you have a to-do list that never ends? Are you feeling overwhelmed by it? If so, prioritizing your list can help you go a long way. Prioritize based on two things. First group items by difficulty (easy, medium, hard) and then by possible impact (high, medium, low). You can find that there are tasks that are both easy and have a high impact. Tackle those first, they’ll help you get 80% of your goals done with 20% of the work.
If your list still feels unreasonable and unrealistic see what you can take off your plate or have your boss help you with that.
3. Focus on What You Can Control
The economy is failing. Your company is going through a reorganization. Your department is laying people off. Your customer or colleague is upset. These things and many more are beyond your control. Focusing on the negative and constantly worrying about the things you can’t control is extra stress you shouldn’t be putting on yourself. Instead focus on what you can change that will have a positive effect. It may mean learning new skills, asking someone for their advice or just taking a well-deserved break to clear your head.
We come across things that trigger our stress everyday. These 3 tips can definitely help you to relieve your stress.
To learn more on what you can do to de-stress join my upcoming teleclass “De-Stress to Boost Your Productivity” on April 28th.
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