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Dealing with Work Stress

Updated on October 11, 2010

Experiencing stress at work can ruin your whole day and even your home life. Whether you're stressed because you're doing long hours, are under a lot of pressure or just find you're barely keeping up, chances are that your stress can rule your life.

However, no matter what your workplace situation, there is always things you can do to help relieve your stress. Although not every suggestion below will work for you, you'll be sure to find at least one way to help relieve your stress and hopefully feel just that little bit better about your life - both in and out of the workplace.

Keep reading to find some great ways to improve your work life and relieve stress - and maybe even improve your life at the same time.

If your job has you pulling your hair out because of work stress, you need to try and solve the problem.
If your job has you pulling your hair out because of work stress, you need to try and solve the problem. | Source

Prepare Early

Do you always find yourself rushing to get ready for work, often so flat out that you forget something or end up turning up right at the last minute?

There's a simple solution. If you set aside just fifteen minutes the night before, you'll be able to do the things that you'd ordinarily take twice as long to do when you're rushing.

The simple tasks you can do the night before include:

  • Ironing or preparing your uniform (including any accessories such as belts, name tags and shoes.)
  • Prepare your work bag (including important items such as phone, any paperwork, wallet, keys and glasses.)
  • Pack your lunch.

Relax

Try doing something to relax your body. Here are some ideas:

  • Stress ball.
  • Small plastic massager.
  • Massage Sandles.
  • A pillow or cushion to lean back on - or even use for a cat nap!

Create a Space

Think of something special to you, either something you already have or something you'd like to do or see. Create a small space in your office or workplace for a reminder of that special something. Ideas include:

  • Photos - of family or places you've been or would like to visit.
  • Special items - such as shells, a pine cone or a dried flower.
  • A book - about a place you want to visit or even a home made book including pictures of things you like and words to your favourite song or poem.

Have a Treat

On those days where everything seems to be going wrong and you just feel like you're behind before you even start, it doesn't hurt to give yourself a little something extra.

Plan ahead and decide to do something different for that day. It could be eating lunch at a local restaurant instead of eating soggy sandwiches. Or it could just be a leisurely ten minute break with a cup of hot coffee.

Whatever you choose, it's sure to give you both something to look forward to as well as a few moments to yourself. The change of routine will also help you relax a bit more.

Work More

It might sound like the worst thing you can do to relieve work stress, but it actually works.

If you turn up at work right on the clock or end up a few minutes late, chances are that you'll start the day stressed and it can often go downhill from there.

If you arrange your schedule to arrive just five minutes earlier, you can organize your desk and get a head start on anything you need to get done.

If you have a job that doesn't involve working exact set hours, you can even turn up half an hour early and then leave earlier, meaning you'll have something to look forward to at the end of the day.

Take a Nap

Studies have shown that taking a short nap can actually increase work place productivity and reduce stress. It doesn't have to be a long one,  but if you get a chance to snooze, either in your office, your car or the lunch room, a twenty minute cat nap can improve your day.

Take a Joke

Nothing lightens the mood like a good laugh. So stop putting off reading those annoying forwarded emails from your colleagues. Or pop onto the 'net and google jokes. Whatever you do, you'll find that a good laugh might just be a great stress reliever.

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    • Allan Douglas profile image

      Allan Douglas 7 years ago from Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

      Good suggestions. Well worth posting on the bulletin board. Just don't throw the stress balls at your co-workers, that's not how they're used!

    • saksare profile image

      saksare 7 years ago from Madera,CA

      Good information and wow a managed time table. keep it up

    • Spacey Gracey profile image

      Spacey Gracey 7 years ago from Essex, UK

      Great job on this hub, very informative. I'm glad I found it.