Dodge The Office Stress

by Rekah|WellnessWednesday

The truth is, stress is an unfortunate part of the working world. And while there’s good stress, a pressing deadline that motivates you to get the work done, for instance, the bad stress has some seriously negative consequences. You’re never going to be able to escape the stress of work, but there are ways you can cope with it without letting it bring you down. Here are some of the many ways I’ve used to cope with stress at the office.

Use Your Stress To Your Advantage

Stress is a natural reaction to whatever we view as a high-pressure situation. When it’s under control, you can actually benefit from stress. Use it to push yourself to be better—beat that deadline you have by two days, strive to make your latest project even better than the last, or go out and ask for that promotion you know you deserve. You might feel a lot of stress from your job, but if you can channel it in a positive direction, you’ll be able to achieve so much more.

Allow Your Brain To Take A Break

If you’re working eight hours a day, you need to take some breaks. That means stepping away from your desk for lunch (no working while eating) and going to the break room for a drink of water. Take a five-minute break every hour or so to get away from the work. Find a quick little task you can do that will get your mind off the stress or simply walk away from your desk.


When you’re at the office, time management is essential. How you organize your work is all based on personal preference, but effective means of organization include daily, weekly, and monthly to-do lists and prioritizing your work. Figure out which responsibilities are important and which can wait until the next day. Good time management can be a big step towards lowering your stress.

If you’re stuck sitting at a desk for your entire day, you can use part of your lunch break to take a walk outside—in addition to the exercise, you’ll also be getting some sunlight and fresh air.


Don’t Be An Office Island

There’s plenty of research to support the claim that having friends at work is good for you. Being friends with your coworkers gives you a built-in support system at the office. That means you have someone to lean on when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Additionally, being friends with your coworkers means you can have someone to talk to when you need a breather and someone who can help keep you in check when you’re overworking yourself.


When you’re feeling really stressed, remind yourself of the things that you enjoy about your job. Maybe you can reward yourself once your work is completed or when you achieve certain goals. Focusing on the positives will make the stress much more bearable.

Work’s Work, Home’s Home

There are inevitably some days where you feel like the work won’t end and, if you just take it home for the night, you might be able to catch up on everything by the end of the week. Resist the urge to do this. It’s one thing to be busy at work, but you should keep your work separate from your home life. Limit your technology use when you’re at home—put the work phone away and don’t check that work email. Leave your work out of sight and out of mind to allow yourself some time to relax and recharge. You’ll get the much-needed break from stress and a boost of productivity to help you get through your work when you’re back at the office. 

Stress is a natural part of working. How you deal with the stress will be the deciding factor between enjoying your job or being miserable. 


Thanks As Always, Rekah

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