Is stress getting you down at work?
In the UK alone, more than 10 million workdays are lost each year as a result of work related stress. In comparison, just over 4 million workdays are lost each year as a result of work related injuries. Stress is the frequently overlooked silent killer of the workplace, chipping away behind the scenes, often with no visible symptoms or indicators.
Check out our top five tips to combat stress!
1. Eat well.
It can be quick and easy to pick up processed foods or ready meals but you’ll be lacking that vital nutrition that comes from fresh meat, fruit and vegetables. Aim to eat five portions of fruit and veg a day and steer clear from short-term energy boosts such as caffeinated drinks. Caffeine blocks the neural signal that tells your body that it’s out of energy, leading to that late afternoon crash.
2. Get active.
Exercising for just 20 minutes per day can reduce stress and depression, simultaneously boosting self-esteem, energy and sleep quality. Not only that, but regular exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer, by up to 50%!
3. Plan your day.
Prioritising your workload is essential to combating stress at work. Ensuring that you get the most important tasks finished first will go a long way to putting your mind at rest. If you can’t get everything done in your work hours, take solace in the fact that what’s left is less important than what you’ve accomplished.
4. Switch off.
The UK has the longest work hours in Europe and workers are commuting longer than ever before. This means people are spending less time doing the things that they enjoy. Take a couple of evenings a week to ignore your emails and spend time doing the things that make you happy.
5. Get social.
A problem shared is a problem halved. Having a supportive network of friends, family and co-workers to discuss troubles with has been proven to reduce high levels of stress.