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Managing Stress in an Overwhelming Work Environment

 

Stress is an inevitable part of life, particularly when you’re working in a fast paced environment with many plates spinning. It can be easy to get lost in the chaos and feel like you are constantly running on empty. But it’s important to take the time to recognize stress and find healthy ways to manage it. Here are some tips for finding what works for you when managing stress.

 

Take a Deep Breath (or Two)

It sounds cliché, but taking a few moments to take a deep breath or two can actually make all the difference. Taking a few moments to pause during busy times can help your mind reset and give you the clarity needed to tackle tasks with renewed focus and energy. A simple breathing exercise like counting each breath — inhale for four counts, hold for four counts, and exhale for four counts — can work wonders!

Prioritize Your Tasks

When the days seem hectic and overwhelming, it’s important to take a step back and prioritize your tasks so that you know exactly what needs your attention first. Some people find it helpful to create lists or use digital tools like Trello or Asana which allow you to easily organize tasks into lists based on priority level. This way, when things start feeling too chaotic, you can always go back to your list and remind yourself of what needs to be done first.

Schedule Breaks

It’s easy for time to fly by when we are constantly “on” throughout the day. To ensure that we don’t burn out from overworking ourselves, it’s essential that we schedule breaks throughout our day. These breaks should be used as “me time” — whether that means going for a quick walk outside or reading something fun for 10 minutes — so that we have time away from work-related activities every once in awhile.

Everyone has their own methods of managing stress in a hectic work environment, but these three tips are definitely worth trying out if you need help getting started! Taking deep breaths, prioritizing tasks, and scheduling breaks are all great ways of keeping stress levels at bay while still staying productive at work. So give them a try today—you won’t regret it!

Blog by Meg Steinschauer at Connected Assistants, 10 Apr 2023