7 Tips On How To Cope With Stress At Work

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No matter what career you have, whether you have an entry level position or even have the job of your dreams, one thing’s for sure – you’ll encounter work stress at one point or another.

Stress from work is inevitable – no matter how much you enjoy your job, deadlines and a few things will always come up that will make you wonder if you actually have the career that you want for yourself.

But fret not, stress happens to everyone and being exhausted doesn’t mean you should quit or move on to another career prospect. There are some things that you can do to lower your stress levels. Here are 7 tips that will help you to learn how to cope with stress at work:

1. Visualize a Stress-Free Day at Work

Okay, so you’ve just woken up on a Monday morning and you seriously want to go back to bed. The weekend has come and gone so fast and you just wish you’d have one more day to relax and enjoy. But alas, you have to get up and do what you have to do.

Before you get up from bed, close your eyes one more time and visualize a stress-free and enjoyable workday. Imagine going to the office on time, being handed tasks that you actually want to do, having a scrumptious lunch, having a light and fun meeting with colleagues, and getting home safe and stress-free.

Visualizing a great workday ahead will start off your morning with a good start and an anticipation for the good things at work. So take a minute or two and create images in your head of an enjoyable and stress-free day at work.

2. Complete the Most Difficult Tasks at the Start of the Day

Putting off the most difficult task at the end of the day can ruin your morning. Knowing that you still have to do something that you don’t want to do at the end of the day will make everything else seem dreadful – even the enjoyable ones.

So just get it over with once you arrive at the office and once you’re done, you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy.

3. Write a To-do List Everyday

Organizing your thoughts and making a list of all the things you have to accomplish will de-clutter your mind. The mere thought of having 20 things to do will give you anxiety – slow down and do one task after another rather than doing 3 things all at once.

Once you finish a task, you’ll surely feel fulfilled that you’ve actually done something in a short span of time, motivating you to move on to the next task ahead.

4. Bring Some Healthy Snacks to Work

If your office pantry is filled with vending machines, free coffee, and packed with junk food – it may be best that you bring your own healthy snacks to work. Munching on sugar and chips during snack time can make you feel tired and grumpy – salt can raise blood pressure levels while sugar can raise blood sugar – 2 things that you don’t want to happen when you need to focus.

And having more than 3 cups of coffee can give you palpitations that will make you anxious – which leads to less productivity.

Instead, bring a healthy tuna sandwich, or an apple, or even a green salad with nuts – healthier options that can give you a boost of energy and help your mind focus so you can finish your tasks and still have enough strength to get through the day.

5. Avoid Gossip at Work

Talking about other colleagues may be fun, but it’s draining and can even get you in trouble. Why not talk about more positive things and instantly change the subject when a juicy titbit is about to be mentioned? To avoid conflicts and office awkwardness, focus on your work and the more positive things at the workplace.

6. Exercise Instant Meditation at the Office

If you just had a heated argument with one of your colleagues, take yourself away from the situation, go to your desk or go to the restroom, close the door, and breathe.

There’s no point at picking a fight at the office – your aggressiveness will always be used against you and it won’t look good with your boss. Slowly count to 10, breathe in and out, and relax.

If you feel stressed for no apparent reason, take some time to listen to some relaxing music, turn off the lights, and meditate right then and there. Refreshing your mind and getting rid of any negative thoughts will help to clean your mind for a renewed sense of attitude and perspective about work.

7. Save

Worrying about money can be the cause of all your worry. If there is a threat for lay-offs in the company, going to work each day will be filled with stress and only stress.

To avoid the anxiety and fear, save as much of your income as possible so you won’t have to worry about losing your job. Save at least 3 months’ worth of salary so you won’t worry about money while you’re looking for another job if you ever get laid off.

No one is spared from stress – but you can lessen its effect by following these tips. Sometimes, it’s not the actual job that makes everything at work exhausting.

Sometimes, all it takes is a breather, getting away from negative things, and eating the right kind of food. Knowing how to cope with stress at work is a must if you are going to keep your head and mind in order and make every working day a more pleasurable one.

Gavin is an internet marketer and co-owner of Vectorcentral.com. Gavin lives in Barry in south Wales with his wife, Didem and cats, Munchie and Pixie.