“I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.”

— Steve Maraboli: Speaker and bestselling Author

There is one question that almost every professional keeps asking himself very often- ‘Do I love my job’?

It might sound shocking, but one in every three people suffers from job stress. They are either not happy with their jobs or they are overloaded with work. Even the most ideal jobs have stress blocks that keep reappearing.

Here are 5 tips that can help you with career stress management and put your mind back on the right track, preparing you for the coming days and increasing your efficiency at work.

1. Watch what you eat:

“I am not hungry but I am bored, therefore I shall eat,” sound familiar?

Most of the individuals who are seen around the vending machine in the office eat because they are bored, not because they are hungry. Remember what you eat directly affects your productivity.

Say no to unhealthy food: Don’t eat everything that is served to you on a plate, unless it is high in fiber and in protein.

Keep away from the vending machine: Don’t eat stuff coming out of a vending machine, as most of these items are high in preservatives, bad fat, and carbs,  therefore they are low in nutrition.

Count your coffee and tea intake: Limit your coffee and tea consumption to 2-3 cups a day.

Eat healthy snacks: Eat healthy food (fruits, almonds, pecans, veggies, etc.) that you packed at home for the office.

2. Don’t compromise with your lunch timing:

If you spend your lunch hour working on your manager’s projects then stop doing it now.

Give rest to your mind: Your mind needs to rest, so take your scheduled lunch hour. Use your lunchtime to give it a nice, refreshing, rejuvenating break.

Go out for walk: Most of the people resume their work as soon as they consume their lunch, but it is a bad habit. Also, it is unhealthy for your body as well as your mind. So, avoid that, after lunch you can walk in the premises or go to a cafeteria to refresh your mind.

Try meditation: Meditation is known for its calming effects. So, you can also use your lunch time to meditate. To make meditation session more relaxing, plug-in your headphones and play a melodious soothing meditation music.

3. Prioritize your work:

An effort is important, but knowing where to make the effort makes all the difference in the world. Workload and stress are directly proportional. So, prioritizing your work is really essential.

Complete most difficult tasks first: Eliminate the hardest work first. In the morning when you reach the office, your mind is also fresh, so you can work more efficiently and complete the most time-consuming task a little more speedy.

Make a weekly list of tasks: Instead of the daily “To-do” list, make it weekly. Believe me, this tip really works! This way if for some reason you can’t complete the task on a particular day, you still have room to finish them during the week. This doesn’t mean that you won’t meet daily deadlines. Check your 3 urgent tasks for each day so you don’t get behind in your work.

Check, to increase confidence: The tick marks on your to-do list will increase your confidence and keep you motivated.

4. Practice deep breathing:

Breathing is known to release tension, relax the mind/body and elevates the mood. So, practice deep breathing throughout your day.

Deep breath when you start feeling stressed: Whenever you feel you are overburdened and tensed, stop and take a few deep breaths.

 Breathe: Take a nice long deep breath when coming out of a tense meeting. It will help you clear your head and restore your balance.

5. Avoid working late hours:

Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

Don’t stay at work after 5: Working overtime is one of the quickest ways to get stressed. So, don’t take it all on you just to proof to your boss that you can do it all.

Don’t make overtime your habit: Occasionally, it is okay to work after 5, but don’t make it a habit.

In conclusion, Don’t be a hard worker, be a smart worker.

Learn to organize with a system that works for you. So there you have them, prioritize your work, keep your mind calm, take proper lunch breaks and avoid working late hours, to decrease your stress at work and increase your productivity.

The best is yet to come!