On a scale of 1-3 (3 being the highest) how would you rate your average daily stress level at work? Consider this, The European Agency for Safety and Health found that 550 million working days are lost every year in the U.S. from stress related time off. That statistic certainly gave me reason to pause and consider the impact that stress has on the management of my time and productivity at work.
Effects of Work Stress
Stress could be the root cause of serious health issues. According to stress management expert Deepak Chopra, extended stress has a detrimental effect on physical health because the body enters a "fight or flight" state and neglects other vital basic bodily functions like digestion.
Stress also negatively impacts the alertness of the mind, and leads to a drowsy, non-productive state when the burst of adrenaline wears off. If you are under constant stress at work, you’re likely to be unhappy and less productive, which in turn affects your ability to manage your time.
Stress Reduction Means Time Gained
Everyone could probably benefit from a few simple adjustments at work to reduce stress and improve time management. Here are a few quick tips I’ve found helpful:
1. Stand & stretch often. (I love my standing desk!)
2. Take mini walks outside in the fresh air and sunshine (even when it’s cold).
3. Don’t forget to drink water (not pop).
4. Identify a stress free place at work and use it when you need to decompress.
5. Don’t complain at work. Find a trusted source to vent with outside of work and then let it go-don’t dwell on it.
6. Sit up straight and watch your posture. When we sit compacted or hunched over, we feel more stressed and less powerful.
7. Eat frequent healthy mini meals instead of a heavy lunch.
8. Laugh a lot!
9. Keep what’s most important in your life the priority and keep everything else in perspective.
10. Start your day early with meditation or prayer.
We all have different stress triggers. Be aware of what yours are at work and develop a plan to manage them and increase your productivity. Not only will you feel better, but I can assure you others will notice the change in your behavior as well! Probably both at work and home.
As founder of Marketing Essentials, Patty’s continual quest and drive for helping businesses grow is her passion. With over 30 years of strategic business management and leadership experience, she is known as a catalyst and understands the challenges CEO’s and Marketing Directors face in executing inbound digital marketing & sales strategies that yield results. No surprise you will find her feeding her hunger for lifelong learning with a good book and latte!
Patty Cisco, MBA, Principal