Tips to De-Stress at the Office

You’ve got mountains of paperwork on your desk that keeps growing, you’ve got three deadlines all hitting at once, and you’ve just been asked to cover someone’s shift this weekend. You need an early night to catch up on much needed sleep but this seems like a pipe dream. Busy days are inevitable now and then, but when you’ve got busy weeks, one after the other, you can burnout and soon suffer from exhaustion. Those that don’t have a job in healthcare often don’t know how stress can have serious and long term ramifications. Work related stress affects your productivity, your morale and the quality of your work so here are some small steps to combat stress on a daily basis.Desk Exercises
At work exercises can relieve tension that is built up from being sat at your desk staring at a computer for hours on end. Getting your blood pumping and raising your heart rate can be an excellent way to tackle stress at work. Drink plenty of water as dehydration will accentuate stress and tiredness.Communicate With Your Team
Learning to successfully delegate is a real skill, and essential to not getting stressed at work. If you feel you have too much work on your plate talk to your manager and your team. No boss wants their employees to burnout and it’s more than likely that they will assist in the freeing up additional resources to aid in lightening your load.Always Take Breaks
Staggered breaks throughout the day are important, especially if you’re working long hours. Short walks to stretch your legs and fresh air are a good idea, as is eating your lunch outside or a quick run. It’s amazing what some sunshine on your face and vital down time can do for your motivation when you return to the office.Ask for a Helping Hand
Pride and our egos often make us delay asking for aid, but the old adage is still true, a problem shared is a problem halved. Talking with a manager can help you to develop new strategies for dealing with your work load when it’s becoming insurmountable and often a fresh pair of eyes will give you a fresh perspective on difficult situations.Celebrate Success
Write to-do lists and set measurable targets for each day. When you cross everything off a list and have achieved your set goals you should reward yourself. These little practices not only help you to stay calm and composed but by recognising your successes you motivate yourself for more.Unfortunately there’s no way to eliminate stresses at the office completely, but it’s easier than you think to prevent against total burnout. Stress from work will, inevitably, seep over into your personal life and have adverse affects on that too. However, if you make daily efforts to reduce the amount of stress you face, and alter how you deal with it, you’ll be happier, healthier and more productive in the office.