Many of us are working longer hours than ever before. And with longer hours comes greater responsibility, more pressure – and much more stress.
In the workplace in 2016, there is often so much to do. We have to wear different hats as we tackle a variety of tasks, and we always seem to be working to impossible deadlines.
And although Confucius said that the person who chases two rabbits catches none, most of us are chasingseveral rabbits all at the same time, and catching as many as possible.
If you no longer look forward to work because it’s just too stressful, let’s take a look at 10 ways you can easily make your workday a lot less stressful.
Give Yourself A Head Start
Stumbling out of bed ten minutes after your alarm because you couldn’t open your eyes is not a good idea. You’re already ten minutes behind schedule at a time when every minute counts.
All of a sudden, you’re in a rush. You’re burning your fingers on a piece of toast, pouring way too much sugar into your coffee ands cutting your gums with your toothbrush.
By the time you get to work, you’re flustered and in a bad mood.
So why not wake up thirty minutes earlier than usual, arrive to work earlier than usual, and give yourself a better chance to properly prepare?
Stock Up On Snacks
There is a popular advertisement running at the moment that tells us we’re not ourselves when we’re hungry. It’s very true. When we’re hungry, we give curt answers to Bob from Human Resources, we snap at our colleagues, and we go into a rage when the Internet goes off.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to bring healthy snacks to work that keep you going. Swap sugary treats for protein bars, nuts and dried fruits. These kinds of snacks will not only satisfy you, but they will also load you with energy and help you to avoid brain fog.
Learn How To Say “No” To People
Saying Yes to all and sundry is the easiest way to get stressed in the workplace. If you say Yes to everyone who asks for your help, you might be coming across as kind, considerate and a fab person, but you’re doing yourself no favours at all.
Learn to be selective about what you say Yes to, and remember that you’re not obligated to help anyone if it’s going to make your own day worse.
Be Your Own Cheerleader
Way too many of us spend a lot of time at working cussing ourselves. We make one mistake and we call ourselves out on it. Worse still, we dwell on it all day long.
This isn’t healthy, and it can contribute to even greater stress in the workplace. It’s time to start being your own cheerleader at work. Heap some much-needed appreciation on yourself when you’ve done something right. Tell yourself out loud how important to this time you are, and what a good job you’re doing.