Prevention is most of the cure, and if we know how to create a stress free workplace, unnecessary stress and especially burnout can be prevented. I would like to share with you a few tips and tricks to keep your work environment safe from pressure or that will, at least, keep toxic influences to a minimum.
- Have a plant on your desk. If you don’t have a green thumb, then get a low-maintenance one that doesn’t need a lot of water. Plants brighten up the ambiance.
- Have a photo of something or someone that you love, a photo that will bring a smile to your face every time you look at it. A smile can work wonders.
- A plant and photo are not enough, of course. There is a lot more we must do keep our work place stress-free. Stay away from the complainers. There is always someone (or more than one) who spends his/her time spreading negativity. Don’t get caught up in it. Whenever I found people complaining in their lunch break, I usually turned the other way, because their negativity just pulls you down with them, and you don’t need that.
- Eat right and sleep well. To read more about how to eat healthy, please click this link here: Healthy Diet, Good Mental Health
- Don’t push through impossible deadlines. If the schedule is unrealistic or will cause unnecessary anxiety, then talk to your supervisor to find a solution. Perhaps you could get more help or the deadline could be changed.
- This is an important one! Separate home from work. Too many people make the mistake of bringing work home, but as soon as you leave the work place, you should leave not just the place but everything else behind too. Don’t sit at your kitchen table, talking to your boss on the phone. He (or she) has had enough use of your time, now it’s your own time, and your family’s. Especially when you go on a trip, leave the laptop home and don’t take any calls from the office. Wasn’t vacation designed to relax and forget about work for a while? It always baffles me to see people still dealing with office business while sitting on the beach. The office will survive without you, believe me.
- Communicate with your boss. Lack of communication is a problem. It can lead to misunderstandings, a feeling of underappreciation and a lack of support. It’s true that we cannot choose our bosses and having a great boss isn’t always guaranteed … I’m lucky to have a boss I can always talk to, but I know that that isn’t the case everywhere. It is, however, important to stress that communication between your boss and his/her colleagues is essential.Related: How to Prevent Burnout at Work
- Eliminate interruptions. They only take your attention away from what you’re supposed to be doing and will prolong your work time. When you have a deadline to meet, interruptions are not convenient. It is a fact that workers are bombarded with interruptions every single day, several times an hour … Now that I’m working from home due to the covid lockdown, some neighbors seem to think that they can call on me anytime. I’m happy to see them, of course, but preferably in my free time.
It often happens that I’m in the middle of a class (I teach online), in a meeting, or working on an article, and someone is at the gate, even though I specifically told them that I teach online classes in the mornings … In the end I put up a sign at the gate, indicating my work hours and the times I am available. So far it seems to be working 🙂
- Take a deep breath. When you feel overwhelmed, simply inhale for 5 seconds and then exhale deeply (for another 5 seconds). Do this five times. It is a simple technique that brings immediate calm.
Related: The Best Meditation Apps
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If you work at home, then you can simply create a peaceful work environment, take regular breaks in between (like a short walk in the garden, for example), post a sign at the door with your work schedule (to avoid interruptions 😉 ) set realistic deadlines, and make sure you eat healthy and get enough sleep.
Do you have any other tips that help to create a stress-free work environment? Have you tried any of the above? Please let me know in the comments.