Having an entirely stress-free work day isn’t exactly common (i.e. it’s basically impossible). But with the right tricks up your sleeve, minimizing the stress in your work day doesn’t have to be such a rarity. Start your weekday with these easy simple tips in mind, and get ready to make stress overload a thing of the past in your 9 to 5.
1. Wake up 30 minutes earlier than you need to.
If your morning feels super rushed, you’re likely to feel stressed as a result. To reduce how much you’re running around in the morning and start your day off on a more relaxed note, try setting your alarm for 30 minutes earlier than you actually need to wake up. The earlier-than-usual wake up call may feel like something to increase stress as opposed to minimize, but being able to take your time getting ready will be totally worth it.
2. Make over your workspace.
One of the things with the biggest impact on your attitude at work can be your physical workspace. So it makes sense that if your desk is a mess, your day is likely to feel pretty similar. Keep stress at bay by taking the time to organize paperwork, supplies, and other knick knacks on your desk. Making sure that everything on or in your desk is arranged neatly will not only make it easier to find what you need when you need it, but it will help you feel at ease when you’re at work.
3. Have a snack at the ready.
Having your favorite snack at the ready when hunger hits can be more than a relief to your stomach and taste buds – it can be a relief to your mind, too. Since hunger can frequently heighten feelings of stress and anxiety, it makes sense that having a healthy snack like fruit or nuts on hand to enjoy during a midday slump can be essential to keeping your mood and attitude in check.
4. Have an email strategy.
If the first thing that you see when you sit down at your computer for the day is an overflowing inbox, then it’s normal that you’d subsequently feel more than a little overwhelmed when it comes to tackling your messages. To help relieve some of that stress, simply focus on having a system for how to handle your messages. Organize your emails like you would regular documents by creating folders based on topic or type of action required, and from there, break up your time for each accordingly. And while it’s always good to get your inbox organized before you start actually reading and responding to everything, it does help to take care of quick emails –– things that you can read and respond to in just one or two minutes –– straight away to minimize workload later.
5. Have a chat with your coworkers.
You never want socializing at work to overtake the time spent, well, working, but there’s definitely something to be said about taking the time out of your day to stop and catch up with your coworkers. Whether it’s in the cafeteria during lunch, on the walk back to your desk from a morning meeting, or over at the coffee machine as you prep your afternoon pick-me-up, chatting with your coworkers gives you a short period of time when you can take your give your mind a rest and stop thinking about work for a second. Plus, the more time you take to get to know your coworkers, and the better you get along with them, the more likely it is that you’ll feel happy and at ease when you’re at work.