How to Reduce Workplace Stress

by Jesika Shipp

Jesika webIt is no surprise that many people experience a great deal of stress in the workplace. Having too much stress at work can lead us to taking that stress home.  This can cause depression, weight gain, and ultimately making more healthcare appointments.

So what is stress and how can we prevent it?

According to the Medical Dictionary, stress is defined as, “a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension”. This type of stress can range from big to small such as a persistently squeaky chair, continuous noise from a coworker, an overly-demanding boss, overwhelming deadlines, or complaining clients, customers, or co-workers.  These are examples of stressors that can make it challenging to effectively do your job and maintain a healthy lifestyle at home.  The great news is that there are many simple things we can do each day to help reduce this stress!

Some things that help me include:

  1. Taking a 10-15-minute walk at lunch. On very stressful days, I like to take a short break and just simply take a walk. After about 10 or 15 minutes my mind already feels clear and ready to go back to work.
  2. Set goals for each day. I know we all learned in school that goal-setting was very important. Most of us rolled our eyes and forgot about it, but when it comes to reducing stress, setting goals is key. Each day that I go into work, I set 3 goals. It does not matter if they are large, time-consuming goals or simple goals that will only take a minute. If these 3 goals are finished by the end of the day, I am automatically uplifted and ultimately happier with the job I have performed.
  3. Eat for health and do NOT eat because you are stressed! It is very easy to be stressed out and start eating unhealthy foods such as chips, candies, or grabbing fast food because we think we don’t have enough time. Eating this way will make you feel worse and create even more stress because you’ll have the added problem of weight gain.  Every Sunday before my next work week begins I prep my meals. This helps me in two different ways:
  • It is very relaxing to cook and helps you to focus on something other than work.
  • You are guaranteed to stay away from the temptation of eating unhealthy.

With these 3 simple tasks, you are sure to reduce your stress at work and in the end become happier, healthier, more focused and productive.

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.