Fall stress at work is a common thing. Doctors and psychologists have been studying people’s stress habits and found that we feel a lot more anxious at the end of summer. Gone are the sunnier days, longer lunchtimes and easier breaks, and we focus more on staying warm and improving our career. Below is the list of some best ways to combat fall stress at work.
1. Clean up your desk
First of all, be sure to clean up and organize your desk. Throw away all old papers and files, give the place a dust and purchase a desk organizer if you have spare pens. When your desk is clean, your brain is clean, so you will get more done. Also, don’t forget to clean out your inbox!
2. Don’t sleep in
Instead of clinging to your bed for those extra 15 minutes in the morning, get up and make your way to your office. Once you get there, think of the tasks for the day and the week as a whole. Calm yourself by taking a few deep breaths before you jump into work, and start working with a smile and good mood.
3. Be happy
A happy person is much less likely to succumb to fall stress, so make sure you are always feeling positive. When you are happy, your brain is 31% more productive, and you also look much friendlier. Do whatever possible to make yourself smile and feel happy at work. A picture of your kids or the whole family, several minutes looking at funny video at lunch are some of the best options. If it brings a smile to your face, you will feel the fall stress just melt away.
4. Find something that makes you love your job
Take a few minutes to think of the things you love about your job. It may be working on particular projects, or doing reports, or even mentoring junior staff. Find something that makes you love your work, and find a way to do more of it. This will help combat fall stress and make you happier and you will be more productive too.
5. Keep a journal
Take a few minutes and write down what makes you feel stressed at work. This will help you to identify whether it’s a certain task, project, or customer, and you will be able to work on controlling that. Also, write down when you are feeling creative and motivated. You will have enough information to make up the schedule based on how well your brain works at a certain part of the day. You will be productive and get more done.
6. Find solutions to the problems
Once you identify the causes of stress at work, start coping with them. Schedule a meeting with your manager, and find solutions to the problems. Suggest your solutions and clearly explain the issue. Work towards the solution that will really help you as well as keep everybody happy. It’s not as difficult as it seems!
7. Be ready
Sure, you can’t combat all fall stress, so you should be ready. Make an emergency kit to cope with it, and it will feel much less disastrous. Keep a bottle of water at your desk to stay hydrated and an emergency chocolate bar to give your brain some boost. Keeping a nice kitten photo bookmarked is also a great idea.
Coping with fall stress can be difficult. In fact, the changing seasons are difficult on everybody, because the cooler days and longer nights are not fun! But try to go easy on yourself and keep your brain happy and productive. If you have some tips for combating fall stress, please share them with us!