We canâ€™t help but keep coming back to work stress. It is a topic on which reams have been written but the problem, like Tusshar Kapoor, simply refuses to go away. Therefore, in a twist to the tale, this writer decided to give you tips on how to eliminate workspace stress by telling you how to tweak certain changes in your lifestyle throughout the day so that your stress levels go down. Here they are.
STEP 1: Before reaching office
Ease yourself into work
You need to work long and hard once you reach office but the commute itself is so tiring for so many of us that we are already stressed by the time we are ready to start work. Stop doing this. Keep a space of 5 to 10 minutes before you begin work every day. Donâ€™t attack your work but ease into it. Get a cup of coffee or read something inspiring like this article. The purpose of this is to calm your frayed nerves and allow your mind to concentrate on the task ahead rather than the trauma of your commute. Listening to music or reading your favourite Haruki Murakami novel can help wean away some commute stress too.
Map out your workday
Once you are comfortably settled in for the day, avoid interacting with your colleagues or boss. This is a time for you to manage your own thoughts. Get a feel for the workflow ahead and make a mental flowchart of how you want the day to go. Aim to finish the biggest task first. Once you do this, commit yourself to managing your workflow.
STEP 2: At your workstation
Have a tidy desk
The first distraction comes from having an unclean desk. If there are things lying around and papers flying in all directions, then stop right there and clear out your pile and tidy your desk. Treat your desk as your shrine. You wonâ€™t ever keep your deity in shabby surroundings, right? If possible, try to get a small plant that can grow indoors and look after it. Itâ€™s presence will give you power and calm.
Cut out disruptive elements
At one point or another during the day, colleagues or computer issues will crop up. You have full control over what to do about this, contrary to what you believe. Learn to say no to any kind of distractions. Work with military precision even if it makes you slightly unpopular at work. Others will fault your commitment to work but your boss will appreciate it all the same. Most importantly, you will enjoy the feeling of finishing your tasks well and on time, a major stress reliever!
Work according to your list
Another aspect that causes stress is fumbling through the entire day doing tasks that have very little productive value. Work according to the mental workflow you created at the start of your day to avoid this problem. Cut out the noise and put on the blinkers only so that your workflow is worked upon.
STEP 3: After leaving office
Enjoy your time out of work
Donâ€™t be a slouch and jump in front of your couch the moment you get home. Cultivate a hobby and indulge in it from time to time. Call your friends and meet for a drink. Join a class to upgrade your skills. Do anything that tells you that your life is not tied to your office. Sure, it can be tiring sometimes, but it will remove so much stress from your system that you will thank us later.
Eat right and sleep well
Another habit you must follow to cut out stress is eating the right food at the right time. Do not simply eat to exist and sleep to ease your tiredness. Rather, eat to enjoy food and sleepin such a way that you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the world when you wake up tomorrow.