All of us have been there – a big work project comes up and suddenly you seem to be spending every waking moment either in the office or thinking about work. You struggle to switch off at bedtime and the only exercise you get involves a short walk to the printer.
Stressful periods like this are sadly inevitable and while in the short term they can be manageable, if you don’t take steps to manage your time and stress levels, you’ll quickly burn out.
Studies have shown that happy workers are more productive, so it is in your best interest to find a balance and remain happy. So, how can you do this? The following tips may help:
1. Talk to your boss
Taking on extra responsibilities and projects can be great news for your career, but it is essential that you discuss expectations and deadlines with your boss. Try to foresee any potential roadblocks and keep your boss in the loop if you have any setbacks.
2. Create a morning and evening routine
Having an established morning routine is a great way of getting your day off to a positive start. Make time for a nutritious breakfast, write an action plan for the day, enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee – whatever you need to do to get you in the right headspace.
An evening routine will also help you to relax and unwind after a hectic day in the office. Dedicate time to relaxation – whether that involves reading a book, practicing yoga or writing down tomorrow’s to-dos. This will help you mentally and physically relax, ready for bed.
3. Get some exercise, no matter how little
Going to the gym may not be a priority right now, but ensuring you get a little exercise will do wonders for your stress levels. Try to increase activity levels throughout the day by walking more and taking the stairs, and fit in a short stretching routine when you can.
4. Allow yourself some quiet time
Carving out some quiet time for yourself can help you stay sane during times like this. Call a friend, listen to some music or go out for a walk in nature to help clear your head. This will help you stay focused and calm when everyone else in the office is pulling out their hair.
5. Make space for creativity
Allow yourself time to be creative. For you this may mean writing, cooking, painting or playing a musical instrument. Even if you aren’t that creative, set aside some time to just have fun – go dancing with your friends or watch a funny movie. Letting yourself be just you (not ‘work you’) will help you gain perspective and stay grounded.
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