Managing Stress and Pressure in the Workplace

So, there are probably millions of posts, self-help books, pamphlets and other tidbits of information in the world with similar thoughts, recommendations and experiences.

What’s another blog post on the topic of workplace stress going to hurt? Here’s my take.

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Last I checked, we’re in a worldwide pandemic right now. There are a lot of things happening in billions of peoples’ lives – on both a professional and personal level – that many of us have not experienced before. On a societal level, this type of scenario has the possibility to impact the upheaval of many things that we’re familiar with.

Consider yourself blessed, fortunuate and/or lucky if you’ve made it this far. The less impact on your finances, family and wellbeing, the more blessed, fortunuate or lucky you are. In the USA alone, over 200,000 people, reportedly, have not been so lucky. The virus may or many not have directly caused each of these deaths, but it had some profound impact. Stress is a well-known cause of illness, for example.

And taking this example of stress causing or encouraging many variations of illness, let’s consider one of the top stress-inducing factors of living in the United States: the workplace.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Inside each of us, there is a meter that shows how much we have in us for the day. Everyone is different, with more or less energy to expend.

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Here are a few tips and tricks to reclaim peace at your computer desk and beyond:

  • Step away from your desk at least once an hour. This also helps your concentration, stress level and eyesight.
    • TIP: use a timer if needed. Apple Watch has a built-in timer to remind you to stand every hour.
  • Know when to switch coffee or tea for water in the morning.
  • Try to exercise during your lunch break. Even 10 minutes helps.
  • Take a lunch break. This is important.
  • Try to eat something healthy that will help you to focus afterwards.
  • Know when to stop for the day if it’s been over 8 hours and you’re still working. Physically turn off your computer to signal to yourself that it’s time to rest.
  • The Outlook app on your smartphone has a built-in feature to disable email notifications at a certain time. This will help you to wind down and disconnect from work.

I write this list for myself just as much as others. They’re good reminders. Is there anything else you’ve fit into your daily habits pre- or post-COVID19?

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