Workplace stress is the harmful physical and emotional response that occurs when there is a poor match between job demands and the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. Try these 5 simple tips to manage stress at the workplace:
#1 Assess Stress
People worry about many aspects of their jobs, but most of the fear comes from concern about job security and the associated unemployment implications. Stress can also originate from a lack of advancement or being promoted too slowly. To assess stress, conduct an online or offline survey of the psycho-social factors in your workplace.
#2 Audit Movement
Ensuring people have a safe, encouraging, and supportive working environment will keep them well and in work for longer. Look at the environmental factors at work that can be improved: chair and desk position, air quality, screens or lights that cause eye strain, noise, etc.
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#3 Provide Proper Nutrition
Without proper nutrition, the body is more susceptible to stress and illness. Ensure you are eating a regular, balanced diet and staying hydrated. If you aren’t giving your body the vitamins and minerals that it needs, your ability to think clearly and focus will diminish.
#4 Encourage Micro Breaks
Micro Breaks are 2-5-minute breaks that involve stretching, deep breathing, refocusing the eyes, and moving the body away from the seated position. You don’t need to be rooted to your computer all day to show you’re a “hard worker.”
#5 Improve Sleeping Pattern
Inadequate or poor-quality sleep can negatively affect your mood, mental awareness, energy level, and physical health. The best ways to promote quality sleep:
- Limiting daytime naps to 30 minutes
- Avoid stimulants close to bedtime (caffeine, smoking)
- Exercise every day
- Ensure exposure to natural light during the day (walk during lunchtime or breaks)
- Try to go to bed at the same time each night.