How to deal with workplace stress

Here at Quest Recruitment, we know that even when you love your job, you are sometimes susceptible to work day stresses. A certain amount of healthy stress can keep you on task and help you to work to your deadlines, however, there can be times when stress becomes too much. When this happens, there are steps that you can take to manage and cope with work-related stress.

1. Prioritize your work load

Making a list can be a real stress buster! When you take a minute to reflect on your workload and prioritise what must be done, it can break your day into manageable tasks instead of one daunting task

2. Form positive relationships in work

When you are stressed, speaking to someone can help to relieve this. Share your thoughts and by working through them with a colleague or a family member, you may find that it becomes less intimidating.

3. Make smart food choices

What you eat during the day can have a huge impact on how you feel and react to different situations. To set yourself up in the best way possible, avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine, reduce your intake of processed sugars in order to avoid energy crashes, and eat more Omega-3 fatty acids which can give your mood a boost.

4. Exercise

Make sure to move your body at regular intervals throughout the day. Set a reminder on your phone every two hour to take a walk around the office space. This will give you a chance to rest your eyes from the screen and will help to give clarity to your thoughts.

5. Sleep

The amount of sleep that you get can affect how stressed you feel during the day. Aim to get 8 hours of sleep a night. A good tip to help you nod off is to turn off/stay away from screens (mobiles, laptops, TVs) for an hour before you go to bed.

6. Learn how to relax

Sometimes taking a deep breath and a moment to yourself can enable you to reduce the stress that you are feeling. Take a few moments every day to take a deep breath and refocus your mind. This can work wonders.

Learning to cope with stress is something that will stand to you throughout the recruitment process and in your future professional pursuits.