We all need to work for a living. There are jobs that are totally stressful, but most of us would just suck it up, to receive a good pay. Otherwise, finding a job in this difficult economy would be even more stressful. You don’t have to leave your job though even if it stresses you out. After all, most jobs are stressful to begin with. It is just up to you on how you can manage the stress you experience on a daily basis so it won’t take a toll on your health.
8. Start building positive relationships
It helps if you have someone at work who can understand you and who will hear you out when you are totally stressed. It is normal for us to be upset with what is going on around us and unless we can let it out with someone, it feels like we are about to explode. This is why you need to build a close relationship with someone at work and be able to fully trust that person.
7. Keep moving during and after work
This is true especially for those whose work would require them to face a computer all the time. Every 15 minutes, it helps that you stand up and stretch. You can head to the farthest toilet so you can take a good walk. You can also head to the nearest park and walk for a few minutes when the work environment is getting really toxic for you. Most of all, you have to hit the gym or at least do aerobic exercises at home after work.
6. Choose what you eat well
There are foods that can help reduce stress. You may have to give up sugary snacks and comfort foods since they can lead to mood crash and energy breakdown. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and trans-fats. Smoking should also be avoided as it increases anxiety levels. Foods with tons of chemicals or preservatives may also alter your mood so you have to avoid them.
5. Sleep well and don’t bring your work home
Once you have finished work, go back home and forget about work. Don’t dare bring your work at home no matter how busy you are or even if there is a looming deadline on the horizon. Try to clear your mind of these things or else it will lead to insomnia. You become worried with what you are yet to finish, leading to emotional imbalance and other problems. Avoid stimulating activities before hitting the bed or stop using gadgets an hour before you sleep.
4. Avoid overthinking
As they say, don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. Things are only stressful because we think of them that way. However, if you only take them lightly and not worry about them too much, they will just come and go. Always remember that whatever problem comes your way, it will just end soon. Whether it is a financial crisis or an employment dilemma, it will pass.
3. Maximize your weekends
Weekends are meant for rest and recreation. Don’t use them for work. You need to find a good balance between work and play. If possible, turn your phone notifications off so you won’t be tempted to work from home. You can even use a different number for personal and work purposes so that you can just shut the work-related phone down during weekends.
2. Take time to do things that you love doing
All of us are passionate of something. Find out what your passion is and make sure that you still do it amid heavy loads of work. If you love photography, you have to keep doing it. If you love to paint or make handicrafts, spend some time doing them. They are good stress relievers. They will also make you feel more positive about life. You will realize that your life does not just revolve around you work.
1. Don’t let your emotions pull you down
Stress can alter our emotions and can also lead to wrong decisions. It helps if you know how to control your emotions. Don’t make decisions at the height of joy or anger. You should also know how to let things go when they are not meant to be or accept things as they are.
Factors leading to stress can be everywhere. It helps if you know exactly what to do to handle stress before it prevents you from enjoying life.