More than 30 percent of Americans said their stress increased last year, and 20 percent said they experienced extreme stress. From the long commutes to bad managers, work can take credit for some of these statistics.
But there are ways to stop stressing! Here’s your go-to guide for fighting workplace woes:
Work on your relationships
A recent study revealed that one in three people work with someone who makes them want to quit their job. So, it’s a great idea to have your own “work family.” Having people you can rely on at work, either professionally or personally, can help you when times are tough. And spending time talking with them during the day is a proven way to relieve stress.
Close your laptop and take a 15 minute walk. Right now. Seriously! Stress is an immediate reaction to things that are hard, so it can become a habitual response to any difficulty you experience at work. By taking a walk, you can break the chain and give yourself time to decompress. This will clear your head to help solve the problem at hand and reduce stress for the rest of the day.
Unplug on the weekend
We all have the email monkey on our backs, telling us to check our phones even on the weekends. But it is important to power down your devices to give your brain a real chance at disconnecting from work. If you put away your screens, even just for a couple of hours each weekend, you’ll have less anxiety and be more productive when Monday rolls around.