We’ve all had those days at work where you feel as though the stress is overwhelming. There’s no feeling of peace, no break from that overwhelming sensation. Stress at the workplace is also hard to leave at work and easy to bring home. Below is a list of advice to help you maintain a peaceful day at work which will give you a more peaceful overall lifestyle in return.
Wake Up Early in the Morning
Waking up early before your shift at work can help eliminate stressful situations. If you start out your day stressed, the rest of the day will follow. Rushing around because you haven’t given yourself enough time is no way to stay peaceful. Try waking up 10 minutes earlier than normal. That could help take the edge off of your morning routine and give you a more relaxed beginning to your day. Studies have also shown that people who wake up early in the morning tend to be more confident, and have better problem solving skills.
Start Your Day with a Relaxing Shower
Taking a shower when you wake up can do two things: Help you wake up easier, and help you start of your day on a relaxing note. Showering in the morning is a way of shocking your system and getting your circulation going. If you feel more awake when you leave for work, you’re more likely to have a good day. When you shower, your body is relaxed, your mind is distracted from stress and your brain releases dopamine.
Create Your Goals for the Day at the Beginning of the Day
Creating goals in the morning gives you something to work for. If you make them concrete and write them down, you are more likely to not only remember them, but also achieve them. Daily plans allow you the opportunity to execute them. Making a timeline doesn’t hurt either. Give yourself time frames and time limits so you know you’ll get your goals accomplished, in a timely manner. Knowing where you want your day to go will help keep stress at a minimum.
Avoid Big Assignments Early in the Day
Start your day off with smaller tasks that will lead you up to that big assignment. Small, menial tasks will get your brain motivated and thinking on the right path to handle larger jobs later on. If you hit a big assignment all at once, your brain will feel overwhelmed and you certainly won’t feel at peace. When you do need to get on that big assignment, try taking things on one step at a time. Don’t take it all on at once. Create a to-do list, break things down into smaller steps and create a timeline.
Take a Break for a Healthy Lunch
The work day involves many stressful actions all rolled into one. Your brain is typically working itself to the bone, so to speak, and food is simply your brain’s fuel. Food has an impact on cognitive performance, so making good decisions about lunch can affect your brain’s performance for the day. According to IkeepHealthy, having a healthy lunch can improve your concentration, alertness, productivity and problem-solving skills. On the reverse end, having a poor diet can cause fatigue, irritability and reduce your ability to think clearly. Obviously all of those things can lead to a stressful day at work, so remember to stop and eat your healthy lunch!
Avoid Hanging Out with Stressful or Distracted Office Cliques
Just like the old saying goes, “you are the company you keep”. There will always be people around you that are constantly stressed out or do nothing but complain. Try to stay away from those coworkers, as their attitudes will only bring your attitude down as well. Hanging out with positive people will obviously do the opposite. You’ll stay happier at work, feel less stressed and feel supported by those around you.
It is so easy for us to lose confidence in ourselves. You compare yourself to others, focus on failure and try to please too many people. There is nothing wrong with seeing your accomplishments and being proud of them and being proud of the person you are. Listen to your own positive voice and drown out all negative ones. Be your own support system and stop criticizing yourself. Approving yourself will boost your mood and confidence. Realizing how amazing you are validating your feelings will help you feel more at peace with yourself.
This advice can set you on the right track for a less stressful and more peaceful work day. You can enjoy your day and come home in a calmer state. We put so much focus on our jobs that we forget to take care of ourselves. But taking care of ourselves can actually make our work better and our work days more effective and peaceful.
Mandy Wong is a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor in China. She always love to share useful methods to help people who are suffering from different disease. In addition, She is also good at cooking different Chinese food. You can find all her recipes on her website ikeephealthy.com