Stress levels going up (and staying up) is a common challenge most of us face in the workplace, often on a daily basis. Today’s workplace is fast-paced, highly changeable and at times unpredictable.
Check out these 10 tips from our diverse workforce for reducing stress at work and increasing motivation.
We are hardwired for human connection:
- Speak to at least one person outside of your workplace and your household everyday
- Look out for opportunities to talk to colleagues over video or in-person rather than solely relying on chat or email
- Vigorously defend 30 – 60 minutes for a lunch break away from your computer and away from tech devices
Moving around will help with reducing stress at work!
- Take a walk two or three times a day to break up the work day with bursts of exercise and movement
- Use a sitting to standing desk to help improve posture and circulation
- Just as important as hydrating, pause and breathe. Use apps or classes to practice breathing deeply and breathwork as a release for stress and anxiety
- Select a meaningful word, statement or quote for the year that keeps you focused and motivated. Keep this in view on your monitor, a screensaver, on your desk or pinned to the wall
- Keep plants or fresh flowers in your workspace
Know your burnout signs and act on them before it’s needed:
- Get observant about the length of time you can focus before needing a break to renew concentration and take short breaks as often as you need to.
- Every day do at least one thing that energises* you – talking to a friend, playing sport, creating art, cooking, gardening, reading, listening to music; whatever it is that helps you feel energised, motivated and vital.
*not to be confused with activities that drain your energy levels instead of replenishing them