A survey from the American Institute of Stress found that 40% of workers consider their jobs extremely stressful. In fact, one quarter of those surveyed said their work is the top ‘stressor’ in their lives. Research suggests this can lead to serious health problems. Luckily, there are a number of easy steps you can take to de-stress your work, lower workplace anxiety and improve your work-life balance.
First off: Have a plan. Much frustration can be prevented by simply finding a productive time period and focusing solely on the work to be completed. That also means shutting off distractions, and learning to avoid incessant email-checking.
Multi-tasking can lead to unnecessary anxiety and should be avoided. So, too, should perfectionism. Workers can also simplify their lives simply by being in touch with their bodies. Take hourly walking breaks and exercise regularly. Also, don’t forget to take time to have fun and decompress.
Ultimately, one’s work-life balance should reflect their values. Take stock of how your work is affecting your life. Be proactive and thoughtfully consider how a few changes can lead to a much more enjoyable and fulfilling professional life.
And don’t forget about technology! Many great new apps can save you time and decrease frustration!