1. Identify Stress: You might feel powerless over the situation but you have more control than you might think. Managing stress is all about taking charge of your thoughts, emotions and schedule.
2. Good Start: Start the day off right. Simple things such as getting plenty of sleep, eating a healthy breakfast and getting to work early can help you better cope with stressful situations throughout the day.
3. Time Management: Most of us experience stress when we feel a perceived lack of control in our lives. Being mindful about how we use our time can enhance our sense of control. Avoid over-scheduling yourself, be clear on your priorities and stick to them!
4. Limited Resource: Your willpower is a limited resource that depletes throughout the day. Make sure to take care of the more daunting tasks in the morning, not at the end of the day.
5. Don’t Reply: It’s hard to resist replying immediately to that email or text message. Set aside a few minutes a day to detach from tech devices. Reducing interruptions increases productivity and helps you feel in control.
6. Have Fun: Stop worrying so much and just relax a little by giving yourself a much-needed break, this can be as simple as socializing with colleagues, watching a funny video online or playing with your favorite app.
7. Space Makeover: Rethink your workspace to create an inspiring and calm environment. Buy some plants, play music and get rid of the fluorescent lighting and opt for softer, warmer lighting.
8. Be Assertive: Your workload is unrealistic, your colleagues are not carrying their weight, you disagree with your boss, but you say nothing. Stand up for yourself and communicate in a clear yet respectful way.
9. Make a Change: If you find that you simply can’t stand your workplace anymore, maybe it’s time for a change. Life is too short to settle. But be sure to line up a new job before you call it quits in order to avoid additional stress!