Reducing Stress at Work

Many Americans say the number one cause of stress is their job. Most of us have to work, but that doesn’t mean we are locked into a stressful lifestyle because of it. Here are a few things you can do to help reduce stress at work.

Identifying extreme workplace stress

Extreme workplace stress happens when you are having feelings of anxiety or irritability when thinking about…

  1. Work
  2. Loss of interest or concentration
  3. Trouble sleeping
  4. Muscle tension
  5. Stomach problems
  6. Inability to communicate effectively with coworkers

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, take responsibility to control your emotional, mental, and physical health.

How to overcome workplace stress

  1. Don’t overcommit. Try to avoid scheduling meetings back to back and schedule time for a break now and then. Allow yourself a few moments to relax your mind, and you’ll be on your way to being more productive!
  2. Allow yourself extra time. Do your best to avoid being rushed or running late. Leave earlier to travel to work and arrive at meetings on time.
  3. Clean up. If you have a messy desk, clean it up! A clutter-free workspace can declutter your mind. With a clean workspace, you’ll also spend less time looking for things and more time accomplishing goals.
  4. Take care of yourself. Eat right, exercise, and schedule regular time for yourself during your work week.
  5. Use your paid time off (PTO). Many people feel guilty about taking time for themselves, yet your company has already factored PTO into the budget. Encourage yourself to take time away from work. Using your PTO will help you avoid burnout and keep you engaged at work.

Helpful Tip

When you leave for the day, leave your work behind. To learn how others are doing this, visit

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