Are you stressed out? Maybe you run a household while working out of the house or maybe you’re a manager who works long hours and has little time for family. Whatever the case may be, stress can creep up in any situation and it’s how we handle it that predicts whether we can cope with stress.
According to The American Institute of Stress, 44% of us are more stressed than 5 years ago. With added stress we are faced with numerous health problems like,
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
Stress is part of everyone’s life, but that doesn’t mean you have to let it ruin your day. Try these 4 ways to beat stress at work or at home.
1. Leave Your Work At Work
You may be part of 69% of people who at one time or another, decide to take your work home and finish it because you can’t leave work behind.
This may be a quick way to get home, relax for a bit before you hunker down and work, but repeatedly bringing your work home means unwanted stress and doesn’t mean you will get more work done this way. There is diminished work productivity once you work more than 30 hours a week, so the extra work you bring home might lend yourself to poor work habits.
It’s important to leave your “work brain” at work. If you bring it home, you won’t be able to focus on taking care of your children or spend quality time with your partner. Home is your sanctuary and that means no work at home.
Try doing the following to get work at of your brain:
- Disable your ringer on your phone. This ensures that you won’t be bothered at home with work related phone calls or texts.
- Before leaving work, clean up your desk and clear out your email and inbox. As the saying goes, a clutter free desk is a clutter free mind.
- Write your to-do list before you leave work. This will get your mind away from work and focused on things you have to do the following day.
2. Get A Quality Night’s Sleep
When you’re feeling stressed, it’s common to have poor quality sleep. Thinking about work or what you have to do the next day can flood your mind as you hit the pillow. Without proper sleep, your body is unable to relax and process the day’s events.
With proper sleep, it will help restore your body so that you can feel energized and refreshed for what the day will bring. If you are battling stress, try these things to help you get a better night’s sleep:
- Exercise every day. It doesn’t have to be vigorous, just simply going for a walk after dinner can help blow off steam and calm your nerves. Walking, swimming or jogging are all great ways to loosen your muscles and alleviate any stiff muscles you might otherwise have from a stressful day. It also helps with making you tired for bed.
- Practice good sleep etiquette. What I mean by this is, don’t stay up late watching old re-runs on TV or watching Youtube. Having a set bedtime, conditions your body to become tired at that time.
- Avoid caffeine at least 6 hours before bedtime. Many people are sensitive to the effects of caffeine on your body, so to be sure, eliminate any caffeinated beverages by the afternoon.
3. Take Frequent “Me” Breaks At Work
Did you know that sitting for long periods time over many years can cause an early heart attack? If you want to reduce your risk of serious health problems, try to take frequent breaks at work.
This could mean doing a few deep breathing exercises while standing up, drinking some tea in the lounge or doing a few yoga poses. This could also double up as “me” time.
It’s also a good idea to incorporate “me” time at home to help you deal with the stresses work gives you.
Learn To Delegate Tasks
One of the big mistakes we make is to take on more than we can handle, which will leave us anxious, overwhelmed and stressed out. A big culprit to doing this is always saying, “yes” when you should be saying, “no.”
One of the easiest ways to start saying “no,” is to start delegating non-priority tasks to family members or co-workers. By doing this, you make room for higher priority tasks that you are able to accomplish.
You’re On Your Way To A Stress Free Day
With these 4 easy ways, anyone can learn to cope with stress and not let it take over. Having a work-life balance that is easy to manage is something everyone is trying to achieve.
These aren’t the only ways to beat stress. What do you do in your day to balance work and life? Do you find some things easier to do than others? Please share your thoughts in the comments!