Field-tested techniques for managing workplace stress

Field-tested techniques for managing workplace stress
No matter how much you enjoy your job, work stresses are an inevitable part of daily life. However, KHM is on hand to help with some top tips for how to cope with and manage workplace stress.
  • Learn to prioritise – Make a to-do list, avoiding being overambitious so you know that it’s attainable for you to finish by the end of the day. Focus on your most important tasks and the tasks you’re putting off first. Many studies demonstrate that multitasking is counterproductive and can decrease productivity by 40% and causes your creativity and memory to suffer so focus on one task at a time.
  • Focus on your tasks – it can be tempting in a close-knit office to help and offer ideas to other departments such as the next social media post or what to do for your Christmas party. However, if you already have too much on your plate, you’ll be best to focus on your own workload before juggling your colleagues as well. Whilst working collaboratively has it’s benefits, you won’t be helping the company by delaying your own tasks in order to help other departments.
  • Take a break – Being committed to a task is great, however the longer you try unsuccessfully the more hopeless you can feel and the more you are likely to give up. Breaks can help you recharge and stay alert so step away from your desk, go for a walk, make a hot drink, whatever you like and this will prevent you from making mistakes when you return to your desk.
  • Breathe and stretch – Being sat at a desk all day can lead to physical discomfort and consequently to mental stress as well. Stress can restrict blood flow leading to knots on your upper back therefore stopping to stretch and do breathing exercises you will promote better blood circulation to the brain which reduces stress and elevates your mood.
  • Eat healthy snacks – It’s always tempting to reach for the office biscuit tin when you’re having a stressful day, however stress eating can lead to a ‘crash and burn’ scenario. On the other side of spectrum skipping meals is also counterproductive so keep some nutrient-dense snacks handy such as fruit, nuts & seeds, peanut butter or cheese.
  • Organise your physical and digital space – Take the time to organise your desk at the end of the day so that you’ll be able to start a fresh the next day and you know exactly where everything is. What’s more, your digital space is equally important if your emails and documents are also a frequent source of stress. The more folders the better as this will make everything super easy to find, increasing your overall efficiency. Afterall, ‘a clean desk = a clean mind’

We hope these tips will elevate your performance, increase your happiness and lead to a healthier lifestyle.