In the recent business environment, many companies and small businesses may struggle to provide their employees with more attractive paychecks, larger space and a more inspiring environment. If your job makes you anxious, whether it’s the physical environment, demanding manager, or the colleagues, there are certain conditions you can improve. Here are ten tips on how to create a stress-free work place.
If your desk is filled with papers, magazines, and business cards, it will be harder to focus on your tasks. The endless unread messages in your email inbox are also distracting and dealing with them will stress you out. Make sure to put a good organizing system in place, so you don’t feel anxious and improve your productivity.
Make your work space more personal
Your grey, boring office will shine with one or two personal items that have some special meaning to you. This could be a photograph, a book, a decorative accessory or artwork – it doesn’t matter, as long as it gives you pleasure.
Learn how to ignore interruptions
There’s always something to interrupt you, but it doesn’t mean you should give in. Learn how to handle noise, colleagues’ chats, and so on. The fewer disruptions you have, the less stressed you will feel.
Improve your communication
Communication with your colleagues and boss is crucial. Failing at this, you’ll be confused, which always means stress. Ask questions, make suggestions, or even chat with the coworkers.
Take 5-10 min breaks every couple of hours and walk – take the stairs to the vending machine, stretch a bit, or just take a short walk. Instead of going for a long, heavy lunch, opt for a salad or something lighter. Heavy meals will only make you sleepy in the afternoon. A midday nap is also very beneficial – close your eyes for half an hour and then get ready for work with a cup of coffee.
Create a healthier environment
Plants are proved to reduce the stress, lower blood pressure and increase positive attitude. The greener your office, the better you will feel. Larger windows and offices with more natural light are also contributing to your health and attitude. Get rid of the blinds and let the light shine through. Sun rays increase the levels of serotonin – the happiness hormone, which boosts our mood and makes us more agreeable and sociable. Forget about fluorescent light; get a better chair and a glare screen.
If you have time during the day, exercise. Physical activity boosts your energy, mood, and keeps you alert. The best option is to do your workouts is early in the morning, but very few have time.
Move furniture a bit and try to redecorate. If it’s possible, paint the walls in more calming colours like neutrals, lighter blue, green, or purple. And yellow promotes intellectual activity. Just make sure the tones don’t make you and your colleagues nervous.
Balance work and life
Balancing professional and personal life can be tricky, but if you don’t learn how to “switch off” when you get home or during a holiday, you will be always stressed. You need to rest and have enough time to spend with your family and friends. Because they are what makes us truly happy – the best work can achieve is to satisfy us and our ego.
Don’t stress over things you can’t control
There are many things you can’t change, so it’s just a waste of efforts trying to control everything. Simply learn to handle things you don’t like without driving yourself crazy. If there’s still something that stresses you out, maybe it’s time to explore new opportunities. After all, people change their jobs all the time, so why can’t you?