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7 Ways to Fight Work Place Stress

Have you recently started working? Are you now feeling stressed about everything you have to do at work, or keeping your job? Work is hard sometimes, but there are many ways to cope. Below are some tips on stress management in the workplace.

  1. Talk to someone

    Your family and friends, your co-workers or even a job coach – talking about your stress can be really helpful. Even talking to your boss can help you feel better.

  2. Eat something and make sure you stay hydrated!

    It might sound obvious, but skipping meals and not drinking enough water can put a lot of pressure on our bodies – and in turn put us in a bad mood. Bring a reusable bottle of water and a snack to work or keep a few non-perishable snacks in your locker or bag just in case.

  3. Workplace Activities

    Take part in various workplace activities – dances, baseball games, holiday parties etc. This will give you a chance to blow off steam and get to know your co-workers a little better.

  4. Take a Moment to Relax

    When you feel overwhelmed, take a mini-break to stretch, breathe deep, or roll your head.

  5. Reminders

    Keep photos handy of loved ones, vacations or hobbies that you enjoy outside of work. These will be reminders that while your day might be stressful, it will be over soon enough.

  6. Take advantage of your break times

    Breaks are important – they give you a chance to recharge. Try to plan ahead to have something to eat (rather than walking around trying to find something). Sit and relax if you are on your feet a lot or go outside if you are in the same place. Do something different.

  7. Be organized

    A lot of stress at work can be avoided if we become more organized. Start wearing a watch so you know what time it is. Get your lunch and clothes ready the night before work so that you have more time in the morning to get ready (and therefore aren’t rushing to be on time). Plan your travel time – if you know it takes you 30 minutes to get there, give yourself 45 or even 60. If you aren’t rushed it will go a long way to ensuring you are on top of your duties.