by Kyle Johnson

Overcome stress at work

Most every job has some form of work related stress. Whether it’s deadlines, sales quotas, or other various performance measurements, nearly every role has its up’s and down’s.

According to an article published by the Huffington post “Nearly 80 percent of workers in their 20s said they wanted to change careers, followed by 64 percent of 30-somethings and 54 percent in their 40s.”

These numbers are quite startling. 4/5 people in their 20’s want to change careers?! This can only mean that their current job makes these people unhappy and uninspired. It would be easy to say “well, find a new career,” but that’s not practical for many people with bills, families, and other debt.

Workplace Stress

In the book “Good, Better, Best” written by Mitch Plotnick, he outlines 10 ways to minimize the impact that job stress has on your health. Although they’re not long term solutions, I hope that they can improve your happiness and lower your stress during your workday.

10 Ways to Minimize Work Stress:

  1. Take all your vacation time and personal days.
  2. Don’t do work during these vacation and personal days. You’ve earned them!
  3. Utilize “sick days” for not only physical ailments, but for your mental health as well.
  4. Practice deep breathing and short meditation activities during each workday.
  5. A couple time each day, simply sit down and close your eyes for a few minutes (Relaxing, not sleeping).
  6. Desk job? Step outside a couple of times to get some fresh air.
  7. Stretch throughout your workday. Perform both standing and sitting stretches.
  8. Don’t skip breakfast or lunch.
  9. Don’t work during your lunch.
  10. Take a walk during your lunch.

Will these tips make your job more exciting? Unfortunately, no. But, these small changes can help to make the best of an otherwise stressful days’ work.

If you practice all 10 of these helpful tips and are still unhappy, then I encourage you to make the much needed career change. It can be a difficult first step, but a few weeks of “job hunt stress” can potentially save a lifetime of being unhappy and stuck in a stressful career.