Time to turn you into the least-stressed person at work. Experts warn that workplace stress is affecting more people than ever. In fact, 40 percent of adults have trouble sleeping because they’re so wound up about work. So, we rounded up some tips from psychologist Dr. Sharon Melnick, author of Success Under Stress. Here are scientifically proven strategies to help you de-stress on the job:
Focus on what you can control. Experts point out that when something important to us is under someone else’s control, our body releases stress hormones. And over time, that wears down our confidence and makes it hard to concentrate. The fix: Do your best on the things you can control, and let go of the rest. For example, do a stellar job on the graphics for your workplace presentation, and assume that the coworker giving the talk will also do their best.
Eliminate interruptions. A study found that employees are interrupted roughly 7 times an hour, between emails, phone calls and pop-ins. And all that interrupting makes us feel like we’re spinning our wheels and can’t get anything done. So, limit as many interruptions as you can. For example, close your office door so that co-workers only pop in if it’s important – not just to chat. And only respond to personal texts and emails after work hours. That’ll help you stay on track and focus during the day.
Also, go for a 10-minute walk. It’s official: Being a workaholic is a bad thing. In fact, studies show that non-stop hustling wears out your brain and causes productivity to drop, and stress levels to surge. So, schedule mini-breaks throughout the day. Like a 10 minute walk, or simply stretching at your desk. That way when you get back to work you’ll feel more energized and relaxed.
And do you freak out before presentations or client meetings? Try acupressure. Press your right thumb against the side of your right middle finger and hold it for 10 seconds. That’ll instantly reduce anxiety and help regulate blood pressure.