How to reduce stress in your work life:
By: Jessica Rickard | July 14, 2021
There is a countless amount of research that explains how stress in the working class has increased over the last few years – especially with Accountants. One study shows 90% of people who work in accounting have been stressed out by work; with 43% having to take off time off because of stress. So how do you combat all this stress? How can you take care of yourself on a daily basis?
Having such a demanding job and trying to be available for all clients at all times is stressful and can wreak havoc on your mental and physical state. Here are some things you can do to help you reduce stress.
Exercise is an important factor in relaxing your body/mind, boosting your mood, and staying physically healthy. Even just a brisk 20 minute walk a day is enough to take your mind off work. We all know that sometimes it can be difficult to set aside time to focus on exercising, but if you create an exercise plan and set a goal (even a small one), you will have a better probability of following through.
I know this is straight forward and can seem very out of reach, but there are a few ways you can relax.
Stretch – Get up from your desk and walk around. Stretch out your legs and back. Take about 5 minutes to really extend your limbs and relax your shoulders and neck.
Massage – Similar to stretching, getting a massage will reduce tension in your body and help you relax. Even if you cannot go to a spa to get a full 60-minute massage, you can purchase a massage gun online and use that to reduce tension.
Take a hot shower – Hot water helps reduce tension and helps your body unclench and relax.
Do you have an Apple Watch? You know how it tells you to breathe every so often? Do that. Take a few minutes every few hours and practice deep breathing exercises.
Eating fast food or junk food all the time takes a toll on your body and can leave you feeling groggy and gross. Make sure you have a balanced diet and fuel your body with food that boosts your energy.
Slow down, take a break
We live in a very fast-paced world, but if you go too fast, you will miss something. Slow down. Take your time to complete tasks to prevent having to do them more than once. Make sure to take breaks for yourself. Take your lunch break without looking at the computer or answering your phone. Spend some time outside – constant computer staring can take a toll on your eyes.
Make time for your hobbies
Working all day and constantly helping others takes a toll on your mental state. Spend time doing things you enjoy. Activities like reading, knitting, sports, movies, puzzles, cards, playing games, and spending time with your family can help boost your morale and you will be more productive when you work.
Go easy on yourself
You are human and you cannot always be everything and do everything for everyone. Take it easy on yourself. Understand that life happens, and you may not have all the answers. It is much easier to overcome challenges If you are honest and have a positive attitude. It is also good to note that having a sense of humor is crucial when getting through this crazy world.
Everybody has experienced times when they feel overwhelmed and stressed about things they need to get done. It is portrayed as a normal feeling, and it should not be. It is important to manage our stress and prioritize ourselves.
Use these tips the next time you begin feeling stressed or overwhelmed to better manage those feelings before they overtake you.