5 key stress management tips for work

No matter where you work, it’s likely that you experience some level of work-related stress. Even if you love your job, there are still some situations where you’re going to get stressed out. Workplace stress is pretty ubiquitous, but here are some suggestions to alleviate workplace-related worry and stress:

1) Avoid interruptions.

In addition to in-person visitors, the modern worker is bombarded by phone calls, instant messages, and emails. When you add in regular appointments and meetings, sometimes there is just so much to do that you can’t get anything done! One way to avoid this is to be stricter about managing your interaction with co-workers. You might want to designate certain times of the day for managing emails or returning phone calls. Or maybe you’ll want to start closing your office door when you need to work uninterrupted. After all, interruptions can seriously decrease office productivity and leave you feeling constantly behind the 8-ball.

2) Get enough sleep.

It’s probably a no-brainer that sleep deprivation can make you feel way more stressed. It’s not just major sleep deprivation that can affect your mood, but also chronically getting just not quite enough hours of shut eye. According to the Center for Disease Control, at least 60 million Americans aren’t getting enough sleep – do not be one of them!

3) Eat properly.

If you eat poorly, your overall mood and stress levels will be significantly affected. No, you don’t need to start a non-gluten, non-GMO, vegan, macrobiotic diet – but just don’t make McDonald’s French fries your main food group. After all, eating poorly can cause you even more stress down the road if you end up with premature health problems.

4) Calm down.

When you’re angry or frustrated, it’s easy to just dwell on your feelings. Don’t. Even if you are not the type of person who finds that things naturally roll of your back, you can still try to be cognizant of your emotional state and step back to take a deep breath when a situation arouses your ire. Not allowing aggravating situations to stay with you throughout the day will go a long way toward relieving workplace stress.

5) Stop stressing yourself out.

A surprising amount of stress is actually self-induced. Internal negativity can stress you out as much as or even more than external events. Having the right attitude can go a long way toward reducing your workplace stress.

Can Akdeniz

Can Akdeniz is the author of seven books and founder of Business Hacker, a popular business blog. His books such as Go Nuts, Cool Boss, Happy Company and MBA 2.0 have changed how people think about business, productivity and work.