Today is National Stress Awareness Day, which is an excellent opportunity to talk about an important issue, so many of us tackle on an everyday basis. According to The American Psychological Association workplace stress alone accounts for 62 percent of the most common source of stress found among Americans and when breaking down the trigger points at the workplace, it’s not difficult to understand why. To raise awareness on the effects of work stress and give some tips as to how to reduce this, we composed a brief list of things you can start doing today to diffuse tension.
Identify the problem
This may seem obvious, but it is tremendously important to signal out the workplace triggers to find the best way of reducing it. Stress triggers are not a one-size-fits-all and many times its a build up of many little things. The Health and Safety Executive has a survey you can take which identifies specific workplace stressors.
It starts with support
One of the greater diffusers of workplace stress is social support. Building a strong support system with those in the workplace is vital to be able to unpack some of that personal tension that builds up into stress. Make sure to check in with your coworkers to make sure they’re all right and have those intimate conversations that help increase synergy and also minimize the tension.
Take a 10-minute break
Let’s not underestimate the power of a 10 minutes break. Studies show that people who take a 10 to 15-minute break during their workday tend to be more creative in ideas, be more productive during their day, and it ultimately reduces the amount of workplace stress. This break can be a quick walk outside in nature, a nap or a brief meditation session. Whatever the case is, don’t forget to implement a break into your daily work routine.