How to be less stressed at work.
Some stress in the workplace is normal. However, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and performance, impact your physical and emotional health, and affect your relationships and home life. It can even mean the difference between success and failure on the job. Although you can’t control everything in your work environment, you can learn how to reduce your stress. Here are some bad habits to break so that you can lead a more stress-free life.
Bad habit #1: Sacrificing your downtime.
Everyone needs to take a break from work now and again. Many people’s first reaction is to tackle every task at once, cutting back on personal time to complete work. Remember that if you don’t take a break, you’re more likely to burn out and prevent yourself from being productive and will increase your stress levels. Yoga and mindfulness exercises are common ways to create a sense of peace and serenity. Be mindful to take breaks and then approach the work with a new perspective.
Bad habit #2: Saying no to help.
If you’re that person that never says ‘no’ to a being offered a task, then you’ll know that you may have work piling up around you. Going at it alone isn’t going to help yourself or the business. If you can, turn down tasks when you feel you have too much on your plate, or ask other colleagues for help. Delegating tasks can help alleviate some weight on your shoulders.
Bad habit #3: Being a perfectionist.
When you set unrealistic goals for yourself, you’re setting yourself up to fall short. Aim to do your best; no one can ask for more than that.