Dealing with stress at work

Don't let stress run you over

Best practices to cope with stress at work

Monday morning. You’ve finally arrived at the office after wrestling with the kids to get dressed and out the door, sitting in traffic and downing your coffee as you finish putting on your makeup. Then you open your inbox and there it is – an endless to-do list from your boss (who apparently never stops working), a project with a fast-approaching deadline, and you’re not even ready for your team meeting.

Cue panic rising, and you start hyperventilating.

We’ve all had those days where it seems that nothing goes smoothly, and there aren’t enough hours in the day. All you wish for is a clone to help you tackle that endless task list.

So what’s the secret to managing stress and not letting it affect your life? Here are some tips to help you cope, de-stress and relax while still acing it.

1. Identify your stressors

Look at the situations that stress you out and avoid triggers. If you can’t avoid the situation, try to change your response to it. Remember, you’re in control of your actions and responses.

2. Manage your time

Set realistic goals and expectations, prioritize your tasks and block time in your calendar for getting through tasks. Be disciplined and respect your set times.

3. Relax

If you’re feeling tensed, try a few minutes of deep breathing or go for a short walk. You will come back clear-headed and with a better disposition.

4. Exercise

Yes, exercise lifts your mood and boosts productivity. Even a 30-minute walk is an effective de-stressor.

5. Eat healthy

Cut sugar and processed foods to avoid energy crashes.

6. Take a break

Make the most of your weekends. Avoid checking emails, turn your cellphone off and recharge!

The most important thing is to have a positive attitude and resist trying to be perfect. Remember not to sweat the things that are beyond your control and … BREATHE.


Submitted by Nathalie