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How to Take Charge of Your Stress at Work

There are many reasons why there are so many stressors in the workplace. Sometimes it’s so easy to give into the stress and let it freak you out. But there are also even easier ways to manage the stress so that you can still be productive and keep your blood pressure down.

If you feel a meltdown coming on, roll your chair back from your desk, sit up straight with your arms at your side and start to do some deep breathing. Try and identify what is triggering your stress. Do you have too many tabs open on your Internet browser? Is your desk messier than normal? Do you have too many sticky notes with to-do lists on them? Take a second and get yourself organized.

Close the tabs you don’t need, straighten up your desk, consolidate your to-do lists. Prioritize what you need to accomplish for the day. Cross off tasks as you complete them on your list so you can physically see your accomplishments. Also, try not to multitask. If you set realistic goals throughout the day, it will feel more rewarding once you accomplish them.

Another way to manage stress at work is to take full advantage of your breaks. If you have fifteen minutes, walk around your building a couple of times. Bring your phone or iPod and listen to music while you walk. Being able to get some exercise and fresh air will really help clear you head so that when you get back to your desk, you can accomplish your tasks with a fresh mind.

If you are constantly getting interrupted, start chunking. The idea of chunking is to set aside a specific amount of time during the day, say an hour, and put a sign up on your door that says “Please Don’t Interrupt – Genius At Work”. Don’t answer any emails or phone calls, just knock out your project. You’ll be amazed at how fast the time will fly and how productive you will be.

Always remember you are in control of what stresses you out. Use some of these tips and tricks to slowly eliminate your stress at work!