Stress can come in all forms, but it frequently ends up with late nights at the office, a poor diet, and your family and friends not recognizing you anymore. Listening to Stress in the Workplace podcast is a must! Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, co-founders of Basecamp, believe 40 hours a week is enough to get work done (hallelujah to that). If you aren’t on the Basecamp team and find yourself overworked & sleep-deprived, take up @JasonFried or @DHH’s recommendations and try a combination of these strategies to reduce your stress level:
– Slow down to consider all the options rather than making snap decisions. Although slowing down seems like a bad way to work more quickly, if you take the time to think how others will react before acting and listen to what people have to say before commenting, you’ll end up with more support for your efforts and less rework.
– Try a two-minute relaxation exercise. Close the door to your office or room, turn off phone, take one minute to get comfortable and one minute pay attention to your breathing. Instant Zen.
– Exercise. A regular exercise routine, three to four times a week, produces endorphins in the body that maintain not only physical health but also mental agility. If you can’t get to the gym, try walking up and down the stairs in the office or walking a few laps around the building. Consider having “walking meetings” with colleagues to get exercise and work completed at the same time.
– If working excessive hours is necessary (question that ‘necessary’ part first), work when you are at your best. Your brain works better when it’s refreshed in the morning instead of when it’s fried after a full day of work. If you’re not a morning person, at least schedule your complex activities during the time of day when you are at your best.
And yes, take a vacation! Time with family & friends makes you interesting. Not to mention, time-off fosters mental sharpness and being ready to handle the stress that may be inevitable.
Christina is a LinkedIn Learning Insider and author of Managing Multiple Generations, and recently took a 2-week vacation without her phone to the Galapagos.