It’s normal to get tired. And it’s more normal to get tired from working. Aside from the never-ending list of duties you need to do on a daily basis, there are also other contributing factors to that thing called "job burnout," such as your annoying officemates, disappointing paycheck, hellish commute, and bitchy bosses. These things can leave you physically and mentally exhausted, thus, the stress.
“We get plenty of stress in the workplace and it’s important to be prepared for it before it inevitably wreaks havoc on your health,” says JobStreet Philippines. “But you can reduce the incidence of workplace stress by making the right choices in your personal and professional lives.” If you feel like you’re burning out—before handing that resignation letter—the leading internet recruitment website suggests you should do these things first.
1) Learn to de-clutter
Cleaning up your desk is the best way to start the de-stressing yourself. Don’t let those documents, finished or unfinished, pile up on your table. “Shelves, drawers and corkboards will come in handy. Keep your files in order by sticking them in folders with clear labels on them. To remind yourself of your tasks, have a calendar nearby and use neon sticky notes for your reminders. You’re less likely to be harassed if you can see everything in your workspace is in order,” Jobstreet Philppines advises.
2) Decorate your area with things that make you happy
Once you've finished de-cluttering your area, you can now decorate it with things that can lift up your mood. JobStreet Philippines suggests: “Surround yourself with images of people, places or things that put a smile on your face. Remind yourself of the good things you have in your life and you’ll find things get much easier to deal with at work.”
3) Take a break
Don’t just stay at your desk from 9 to 5—go out, take a walk, and inhale the fresh air outside! “During your lunch break, try eating out instead of doing it at your desk. Take advantage of your breaks to relax and unwind away from your work—it’s a great way to take care of your mental health during the day,” Jobstreet Philippines advises.
4) Eat healthier snacks
Aside from making you gain weight, those chips and other unhealthy snacks that you keep on munching during breaktime will take a toll on your body in the future. Instead of buying your favorite junk food, better go for fruits and other nutritious treats. Craving for sweets? Eat dark chocolate. Studies have confirmed that eating dark chocolate can instantly improve your mood and lower blood pressure.
5) Stretch those muscles
“Humans aren’t meant to sit still or be in the same position for long hours—you’ll be setting yourself up for aches and tense muscles if you continue to do so. There are several workplace exercises that you can do to loosen up your tired joints and parts,” Jobstreet Philippines says. “Standing up and walking around is also a good form of exercise, so the next time you need to talk to a co-worker why don’t you try walking over to his/her workspace instead of messaging him over the web?”
6) Have a work/life balance
One of the best ways to fight stress is to have a fulfilling life outside work. Don’t devote all your time working your ass off. Watch a movie, read a book, go out on a date—just do whatever it is that makes you happy.
7) Cultivate healthy relationships with your colleagues
You spend most your waking hours with your officemates, so it’s best to develop friendships with them. Friends from work can lighten up a stressful day. They also act as your constant support system from all the pressure as well.
8) Always look on the bright side of life
“A positive attitude is a powerful tool to have when things go wrong,” Jobstreet Philippines says. “Even when things seem to fall out of place, it’s always the level-headed ones who gain control of the issue. To do this, reframe your mindset and see problems as challenges—you are much more likely to get the results you want when you remain an optimist.”