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How to reduce stress in the workplace

Workplace stress is no joke – it can feel all-consuming at times! To stay mentally healthy and happy, it is important that we know how to balance our time at work and what to do to reduce stress.

Take a look below for some helpful tips to minimise workplace stress so you can be your happiest, most productive self.

Plan your work ahead

Surely nothing can be worse for stress levels than leaving work until the last minute. In order to get your important work completed both efficiently and calmly, take steps to plan out what you are going to do and when you are going to do it. Having a clear plan in place (that you make an effort to stick to) will allow you to meet your deadlines effectively and suffer less stress as a result.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Most happy workplaces have staff that work effectively as a team and teams work together. If you feel swamped under your workload, reach out to your colleagues and let them know. Don’t suffer in silence. Feeling alone and drowning in work is one of the fastest routes to being stressed. Nobody will judge you for asking for help, everybody needs it sometimes. And remember, the old adage still rings true: a problem shared is a problem halved.

Get active!

When you’re busy, it’s easy to remain at your desk as though you’re glued to your chair. Staying sedentary can increase tiredness and lethargy – the less you do, the less you’ll want to do. And the less you do, the more you stress! Get up from your desk once in a while and have a walk around the office, go for a stroll for your lunch hour rather than sit at your desk or in a cafe. Also, exercise outside of work! Becoming more fit and active in your daily life has been proven to decrease stress levels.

Be health conscious

This tip ties into staying active – eating good, healthy food and drinking lots of water rather than coffee after coffee will also make you happier and healthier. A healthy body makes a healthy mind, and a healthy mind can always manage stress effectively!

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