6 Ways to Reduce Stress

Stress appears to be something that comes with a career. Long hours, office politics and unforgiving clients and/or bosses can pile on pressure in the short term and bring on fatigue in the long term.  Build in a busy social and home life and suddenly things can become pretty stressful.  However, there are ways to combat stress and below are six pointers that should help you with the daily grind.

1.Regularly have time out

Devoting a little slice of every day to you is a crucial way of helping you unwind and relax.  For as little as 30 minutes spend time doing something that you enjoy.  The idea is to slow down and expereince a small piece of calm in what otherwise may be hectic schedule.  Watch a little TV, read, go for a walk or get seriously into origami.  Whatever works as long as you enjoy it and it brings a bit of peace and quiet.

2.Exercise

According to research cited by the Mental Health Foundation, employed adults who are highly active tend to have lower stress rates compared to individuals who are less active. As such, you should aim to devote some time in the week and at the weekends to doing some form of exercise.  It will help you sleep, give you more energy in your other activities and do wonders for your health.  Have you considered the gym or joining a local sports team?

Note:  Exercise should ideally be addition to having ‘me time’.  If it becomes a task and is no longer ‘reasonably easy’ you need to do something else to have a ‘time out’.

3.Be Social

Make sure you spend time connecting with friends and family.   We’re fundamentally social animals and interacting with others (not connected with work) will naturally relax you. It will also ensure a network of people are in place to share the good and the bad with you.  Obviously, social networking shouldn’t be used as a substitute for actual interaction.

4.Organise your life

If you can structure what you’re doing and ensure order in the environment around you, you’ll feel more in control and consequently better about life.   We recommend writing short, attainable ‘to do’ lists, being tidy (at work and at home) and being punctual.

5.Get Perspective

If something in particular is troubling you, ask yourself whether you will care about it in two weeks; a month; six months; or even a year.  Most issues over time diminish in significance and if you won’t be worrying in the future then you don’t need to worry now.

6.Don’t think about work

When you leave the office try to forget about work.  Don’t check your work phone and absolutely don’t think about what needs to be done when you’re next in (you can do that when you are next in).  Equally, if your home life is a current source of stress, use your work to take your mind off things.  Each issue will need your attention, but at the appropriate time. At other times you need to relax.

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The majority of the above habits and behaviours can be achieved by the same activities.  Tidying your home will create order where you live, but can also be therapeutic ‘me time’. Playing sport with mates is intrinsically a social activity.  Pursuit of any of the other activities listed in the above should take your mind off work.  However, because of this you should be aiming for a number of activities that complement each other (not just one that ticks all the boxes).

One thing that doesn’t count is buying shirts from high street retail stores.  Why?  Partly because it’s a boring, repetitive exercise, but mainly because our commercial interest requires otherwise.  #shameless

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and let us know your thoughts on social.

All the best

CB

We’ve written this post with a view to helping our readers through the trials and tribulations of the workplace.  In addition to the above, if you think things are starting to mount up, why not consider talking to someone?  Click here for a number of organisations that there to help.