So, here’s a fact that will come as a surprise to absolutely nobody: 67% of Australians experience stress in regard to work/life balance, making mistakes at work, and other work-related stress triggers.
It’s okay, anonymous survey-taking stress-heads, I feel you. And I’m right there with you.
Working online is a fairly unique environment, and it can also be quite a stressful one. With one click of the button, you can post a Facebook status update that’s only half-written (horror!). Every strong opinion piece you write is there for the world to see and criticise (egads!). And don’t even get me started on trolls (sigh).
But every workplace has its own stresses: from hospitality, to teaching, to managing, to administration. The real kicker is that excessive stress can actually decrease your productivity and efficiency – which in turn is likely to make you even more stressed.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Blackmores. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
Here’s 5 ways you can manage stress in the workplace, and make your life a little easier:
1. Recognise the signs of stress
You can’t deal with a problem if you don’t even know it happening. Watch out for feeling anxious and irritable when you’re in the office – particularly if these emotions are starting to negatively impact upon your work. You might also experience physical symptoms like an upset stomach or headaches.
2. Learn how to manage your time
This is an obvious one, but taking a good hard look at your time management techniques might end up making a huge difference. Even a simple change like switching the order you do certain tasks in the morning can work wonders and increase productivity. Remember not to over-commit yourself (learn how to say ‘no’!) and try to take regular breaks throughout the day.
3. Look after yourself
If you’re taking care of your mental and physical health in a general sense, you will often begin to see improvements in other areas of your life as well. You’ll feel happier, healthier and – yes – less stressed. Regular exercise, eating well, and drinking in moderation can all help manage stress. I recommend taking B vitamins: they help support adrenal function, and help you maintain energy levels. (I take B vitamins to help with energy levels throughout the day. Curse my weak vegetarian body.)