Ten Ways Moms Can Reduce Stress at Work
Don't Stress the Work Stuff
Moms are constantly in demand, overworked, and oftentimes overlooked, all while juggling stressful jobs, with a stressful home life, that can inevitably lead to a category five burn-out.
If left unchecked, work stress can take a toll on your physical and emotional health, especially if it turns chronic. According to the Mayo Clinic, twenty-five percent of people say that their job is the primary source of stress in their lives. But moms, be encouraged, below are ten tips on how you can take control of work stress and refuse to become part of the statistic.
1. Organize Your Work Area
How often have we let things slip through the cracks because we misplace files on our desks or lose e-mails? For centuries people have debated whether a clean versus cluttered desk is better, but if you add up all the time you waste filtering through the clutter you’ll find the debate is really no debate at all. Studies have shown that people waste as much as 4.3 hours per week searching for papers. Moms, don’t fall prey to the stressful, clutter trap. A tidy workspace means a clear mind, so clean up, clear out and take control.
2. Purchase a Daily Planner
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It’s a simple truth, but a hard lesson for many moms who go about their day, haphazardly, without a road map or any idea of where they’re going. Having a planner maximizes your productivity. And, it should be opened daily so tasks can be crossed off the list as they’re completed. When we miss important meetings, appointments and events, not only do we jeopardize our jobs, but we add unnecessary stress to our lives.
3. Go Outside for Lunch
Research has shown that going outside makes us happy. That should be reason enough to go outside, but according to the Harvard Health letter, the sun hitting your skin also causes your vitamin D levels to rise, plus you have the ability to concentrate better. So, go outside and get a little sun, allow the stress to wash away and moms, don’t worry; be happy.
4. Keep a Photo or Piece of Artwork Nearby
There have been multiple studies done on the health benefits of smiling. Flashing those pearly whites has been known to reduce blood pressure, alleviate muscle tension and decrease stress. If you look at a photo of your beautiful baby, or your wedding portrait, or even a painting of your favorite destination, it’ll bring some occasional joy to your day. So moms, say, “cheese” and let the stress slip away.
5. Socialize and Laugh with Co-Workers
Research has shown that the cliché is true; laughter is good medicine. And, not only that, it has healing powers that eliminates stress from our lives. Careerbliss did a study on what makes people happy at work, and top among the list were relationships with co-workers. Sadly, most people don’t make time for fun with colleagues, but chances are if you do, the workplace will be happier and your anxiety levels will go down and out.
6. Hang Out with Positive People
If you wish to soar like an eagle, don’t run around with turkeys! And, we can all agree that there are a lot of turkeys gobbling around our offices, trying to stir up trouble. The office can be a great time of socialization, but it can also be a place of negativity where gossip and low morale can run rampant. Don’t get sucked in. Stay away from the negativity; stay away from the stress and stay away from the gobblers.
7. Don’t Work through Your Breaks
I know. I know. Easier said than done. But, it doesn’t matter; don’t do it. World Economic Forum says that job burnout can lead to increases in stress hormones, heart disease, and mental health issues like depression. Mom’s need to refuel, to give our bodies and minds regular breaks. Please, take that break… Say it with me, take that break… One more time. Take that break.
8. Create Measurable Written Goals for Yourself
A measurable goal is the difference between “I want a promotion” versus “I want to become sales manager in six months.” The first statement is a wish, the second, which can be measured by a timeframe, is a goal. Written goals lay the path for our dreams to be realized and allow us to work with a timeframe on achieving them; and not only that, according to WebMD setting goals reduces stress. Have a vision; write down a goal; and watch your stress go down.
9. Delegate Tasks to Your Support Team
Most of us think we’re being helpful by constantly taking on tasks, but, we aren’t, not always. Too many tasks on your plate, even small ones, add to your stress. Don’t be afraid to ask the admin or sales assistant to help you whenever feasible, or hire an intern who will work for knowledge. Remember, some tasks aren’t worth doing, at least not right now. And, don’t be afraid to set a boundary and sometimes, just say no…
10. Use Your Vacation Days
Researchers from the Framingham Heart Study found that women who took a vacation once every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than those who took at least two vacations a year. Again moms, don’t be a statistic, plan a relaxing vacation and take it. And, even if you don’t go on an international trip somewhere, use your vacation days to go the movies, a coffee house, or just sleep in; the list is endless. Remember, if you ♥ you, your ♥ will ♥ you too.
The unnecessary burdens that many career moms carry around are real: not setting goals, working through our breaks, eating at our desks, allowing the office turkeys to drain us, and refusing to take care of ourselves. Mom’s, we can learn together; we can grow, and together, we can be a statistic no more!