There's no shame in it, everyone needs to have coping mechanisms when it comes to dealing with stress,especially when it comes to stress at work. We are at work for the majority of the week and what happens there can have a knock-on effect on the rest of our week and cause a lot of issues in our daily life.
Here are a few key tips on how to conquer stress in the workplace and get back to enjoying your days.
Keep a diary
Numerous studies have shown that keeping a diary can increase your well-being and decrease depression and anxiety, which can only be a good thing.
When you write, express yourself but also reflect. The goal isn’t just to vent all of your angry or fearful thoughts onto paper, but to become more aware of your own thought processes through the act of writing, which can also be an excellent aid for therapy.
Sometimes, writing out the things that are making you so stressed, and delving into the reasons why they get to you so much, is half the battle. Many times, we are stressed not just by the surface issues, but by underlying problems that are stirred or awakened by those issues. Keeping a diary can help us get to the root of those problems.
Don't just keep a journal to express all the bad but also to help you notice all the great and beautiful things that life has to offer. It helps you remain grateful even when it seems that things are not going your way.
Talk a breath of fresh air
Getting stressed is often connected to being caught up inside our own head and our own problems. They might be significant, so we can lose sense of the wider world outside. There’s nothing like nature to balance your perspective.
Just a few minutes outside or a short walk, can bring benefits. A leisurely walk has been proven to decrease stress levels and boost positive mental health. Time in nature can help us restore our ability to focus and pay attention and recover our mental energy and creativity.
When you spend too much time under the bright harsh lights of an office or stuck inside your own head, it can have a detrimental effect on your health. A little bit of time outside can be a helpful reset.
Give yourself something to look forward to
If you’re struggling through what seems like a never-ending day, you need something good to look forward to.
If you are in desperate need of relaxation, what about a nice hot bath with candles, relaxing music, and some scented bath beads for the water? Even if it's just for a short while, it might put you into a completely different mindset.
Everyone has something that they love doing, so make sure you set aside time in the evening just for that. And sometimes, that’s all you need to get through the day.
Remember your friends
You'd be surprised how much a call to a friend or connecting with people in some way can turn a bad day around.
Other people are gifts to us, and sometimes the things they say to us in a dark or difficult time can be just what we need to hear. Other people, their sense of humour and kind words, can be just what we need to get over the worst of a bad day or a bad week.
So if your day has been incredibly stressful and you just need to relax, why not go ahead and take a walk outside, then come home and run a hot bubble bath, followed by a chat with a good friend and 20 minutes of writing in your diary? We guarantee, you’ll be feeling pretty good by the end. Give it a go!