If you find that you are feeling stressed in your science job, here are seven stress busting tips to help you manage and lower your stress levels whilst in the workplace.
Start your day off well
Mornings can often be a stressful time, battling through the rush hour traffic and getting everybody in the household ready. This means that we often begin our days feeling already stressed. To tackle this, you may find it beneficial to make a sustained effort to start your day with a nutritious breakfast and a positive attitude, as well as enough sleep. You might also like to exercise before work to let off any steam.
Be clear about your objectives/requirements at work
If you are unsure about what is expected of you at work, you may find yourself feeling more stressed out than necessary. At the beginning of each week or working day, it would be useful to take some time to talk to your supervisor about your tasks for the day to ensure that you stay on track. Creating a to-do list and managing your time effectively will help you do this. Read more about organising your time effectively here.
Conflict is difficult to escape at the best of times, especially when it involves work colleagues. For your own mental health it is important, though, to avoid involving yourself in conflict wherever possible. You can read our tips on dealing with workplace conflict here.
Planning ahead and getting rid of unnecessary clutter can greatly reduce your stress levels in the workplace. Organise your time – this will prevent you from rushing to work late in the mornings and leaving work at an unsavoury hour. On top of this, organising your desk space will also help you feel more calm and in control of the day.
Take time out to eat a healthy lunch away from your desk as much as possible. Scheduling breaks and allowing yourself to switch off from work’s tasks for a while will help you feel more relaxed and motivated for the rest of the afternoon.
Stretch your legs at lunch
Sitting in one place for the entire day is not good for the body or the mind. Taking a walk at lunch will help you manage your stress levels, lift your mood and get into better shape.
Be sure not to commit yourself to too many different tasks at the same time. By doing this you are setting yourself up for failure and thus increasing those stress levels. Learn how to say no (politely) when you have too much work on your plate.
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