Do any of the following factors feel all too familiar?
- Heavy workloads
- Unrealistic deadlines
- Working overtime
- Time pressures
- Lack of support
Well, they are most likely contributing to your stress levels! Don’t let work compromise your health. Staying healthy at work is essential for your productivity and wellbeing. However, we understand that work can be very stressful at times. Especially if your workplace is busy during this time of year.
Here are our tips on how to stay healthy during the stressful holiday season of work:
Prepare and plan
Staying organised through better planning will help you destress. If you manage your own workload, plan ahead to allow enough time to sufficiently get your work done. If other factors contribute to your workload, take advantage of your teammates around you and don’t be afraid to ask for a hand. If you create a reasonable schedule and with tasks to be completed on a daily basis, you can avoid feeling so overwhelmed. This will make work a little less stressful.
Physical activity is an extremely important function of our lives, especially if we are stressed. Research shows that physical activity can relieve stress and improve cognitive function (APA). Working out at the gym or going for a walk are great ways to stay active. If you don’t have time for these activities before or after work, perhaps try to incorporate some activity into your working day. Anything that will increase your heartbeat for a prolonged period of time is doing you health some good! It will give you an energy boost and clear your mind allowing you to focus on the job at hand when you get back to work.
Drink up on water! Staying hydrated is something that many of us may forget to do. However, it is one of the most important functions which contribute to our health. One of the best ways to get into the habit of drinking enough water is to keep a bottle of water on your desk or in your bag. If a water bottle is constantly by your side, you will be keeping hydrated and not even know it!
Take a break
Our bodies only have the capacity to focus and be productive for a certain amount of time. If you are stressed, skipping breaks to get the job done may be a detriment to your health. Taking a break is significant to destress. They enable you to disengage with work thoughts and allow you to come back refocused. We highly recommend going outside for a walk and getting some fresh air. Stepping into nature has been found to improve employee performance once they return to work (Journal of Environmental Psychology).
It is important to identify stress, so you can find ways to help manage it. Use our tips to make you feel happier, healthier and more productive for the next break… the end of year holidays!
If you are still finding work stressful, perhaps it’s time to change jobs? A fresh start in a field you are more passionate about can reduce stress significantly. You can find your next job on I Want 2 WORK! It could be the best decision you make for your career.