Reduce work stress and increase productivity

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Apparently 85% of the stuff we worry about never actually happens. 70% of adults say they experience stress or anxiety every day. 46% of them said they screamed at their spouse, partner or children when stressed in the last month. Excess workload and people issues are the top reasons for job dissatisfaction. So how can one overcome the odds and boost productivity? 

As mentioned above, some 85% of the stuff we worry about never actually happens. And even when it does become a reality, about 80% of us say we actually handled the outcome better than we thought we would.

  • 70% of adults say they experience stress or anxiety every day.
  • 24% of women state they feel extreme stress over the last month compared to only 17% of men.

So what stresses me out so much then?

  • 71% of what causes us stress it is down to money,
  • 69% is down to work,  and
  • 59% is down to the economy.

Are we stressed?

46% of us say we have lost our patience with something and have even shouted at our partners or children, whilst being stressed out over the last month.

How does stress affect your health?

Medical evidence indicates that chronic stress can affect your:

  • heart
  • how well you sleep
  • your digestion
  • it can have an impact on your weight
  • adversely affect your memory
  • and even your skin!

So what can you do about it?

There are many ways of dealing with stress.

It may be possible to get help from friends – its been shown that those of us with stronger social relationships have as much as a 50% lower risk of mortality!

People who hold onto their stressful thoughts are less healthy over the next ten years than those who deal with managing their stress and even just let their stresses slide away, choosing not to hang onto them.

Where does the stress in the workplace come from?

40% of workers do their job is very or extremely stressful.

  • 46 percenters down to workload
  • 6% is down to the lack of job security
  • 28% is down to dealing with people issues
  • and as much as 20% is down to juggling work and personal lives

Getting the work-life balance wrong

  • 59% of us check work email on traditional family holidays like Christmas and Easter
  • 41% of us say that work related emails over the holidays make us feel annoyed, frustrated and even resentful.

So how do you beat work related stress?

Some simple and hopefully easy-to-do suggestions. The next time you’re feeling stressed, angry, frustrated, instead of smashing the keyboard or screaming whilst grasping the hair on the side of your head, why not;

  • head for the nearest green space, park, path by the river – taking a nature walk reduces mental fatigue frustration and anger and improves positive feelings
  • phone-a-friend! Calling a friend for a chat or venting to a co-worker can help – social support buffers us from on-the-job burn-out
  • simply buy potted plant – it’s a well known fact that having plants in your workspace helps to lower stress and helps you pay more attention, as well as just creating a more positive and healthy environment generally.
  • practice a little bit of mindfulness – appreciating and enjoying the good stuff a bit more troye sivan taking the time to be mindful will notice all the good stuff out there this helps us to stress less.
    mindfulness meditation has been shown to reduce levels of everyday stress – studies show that people who are good at mindfulness have less trouble juggling their work and family life

Other techniques we use for dealing with stress (but not in the workplace)

  • 48% of people listen to music
  • 43% prefer to do some form of such as walking or even hop on the bike, cross trainer, etc.
    Exercise reduces the levels of stress hormones and stimulates the production of those feel-good hormones
    Going to the gym regularly helps with both our mental and physical health. It helps improve our own self-image and gives us a time-out from those things we are worried about.
  • 42% go online
  • 4% of us sit down and watch TV or a movie
  • 39% engage in some sort of reading activity
  • smile! Smiling is said to reduce the intensity of your body’s response to stress

Have a laugh!

That old saying “laughter the best medicine” may actually be one of the best stress busting remedies after all. Laughing increases the endorphins that are released in your brainIt helps soothe the tension in your body and it helps cool your stress ‘response’

So how could you add more humour to your day?

  • Hang up cartoons and comic stripsm funny posters, etc.
  • Listen to a comedy on a podcast or watch something funny on Youtube
  • Laugh at yourself, maybe at your own mistakes or something that you said wrong
  • spend more time with funnier people even if they’re not comedians
  • watch more comedy shows on TV or go to comedy gigs
  • swap and share jokes and amusing anecdotes with others

How about giving?

Studies seem to indicate that volunteering, giving away our time actually makes us feel like we have more of it ourselves, as well as helping us feel good about ourselves, especially when helping others less fortunate than ourselves. 78% of people who volunteered in the last year say that it has actually lowered their stress levels – time well spent.

How about taking some advice and guidance – getting some professional help?

  • getting a massage can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol buy as much as 1/3 and increases the levels of feel good brain chemicals serotonin and dopamine by around the same amount
  • 68% of people say that visiting a mental health professional for help managing stress is extremely if not very effective