To support National Stress Awareness Day, we’re providing you with some stress-free related tips.
Being stressed is a natural thing for human beings, but being able to manage it can have a massive impact on your day. Stress is an unavoidable part of our daily lives and it can be triggered by a number of things. For example, work load, a bad decision, worrying about the future or things even smaller than that.
79% of British adults in employment commonly experience work-related stress, compared to 59% in 2018
When we’re stress-free, we can relax and become more productive. Which means we can make better decisions and feel a lot happier in general. Here are our top 10 tips on tackling stress which can be put into practice at work or at home.
- Take full control of distractions – Distractions can be an obstacle that gets in the way of finishing a project or task. When you’re distracted, you lose focus of the task at hand and it can be very difficult to be productive in this situation. The act of taking control is empowering. It’s a vital part of finding a solution that satisfies you and not someone else.
- Take a break from technology – If you’re working with technology for a large part of your day (which many of us do), it’s good to take a break from it. Technology helps us in our daily lives, but sometimes staring at the screen all day can do more harm than good. You’re fixated on the screen, in your own little world. If you take regular 10min breaks every couple of hours, your brain will become less fuzzy and you can get your thoughts back together.
- Avoid bad habits – This includes things such as too much caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. You should never rely on these as a coping mechanism because you will create worse problems for yourself. Instead, replace them with healthy alternatives such as water, herbal teas, or diluted natural fruit juices. Keep hydrated and your body will cope better with stress.
- Make holidays a work-free zone – The truth is that holidays and time away can make you more productive when you get back to the office. They’re meant to be a time where you sit back and relax. If you’re stressed on holiday, you’re doing it wrong. Put the phone away and tell people before you leave that you will only be available for emergencies only.
- Be more active – Stress is all in the mind, so it makes sense to do other things which will relax the mind. These things can be engaging in physical activities, such as sport or going for a job/cycle. You’ll be surprised how a 20min jog outside can clear your head and relieve you of stress. Get out and take in some fresh air, distract your mind and maintain a healthy diet.
- Get more sleep – When you’re lacking sleep, you get more tired. This normally results in your stress threshold dropping, meaning that you will get stressed by smaller things a lot quicker. Stress also interrupts our sleep as thoughts keep spinning through our heads, stopping us from relaxing enough to fall asleep. Aim to sleep at the same time every night, so that your body can predict when it’s time to rest.
- Relaxing activities – This can be doing therapeutic activities such as painting/drawing, going for walks, yoga, gardening and lots more. Yoga is especially good as a way of relaxing the mind and body. There are also other techniques you can try to relax yourself and ease stress. One very simple technique is to focus on a word or phrase that has a positive meaning to you. Words such as “calm” “love” and “peace” work well.
- Keep a diary – This is a great stress management tool which can be done with a pen & pad, or search for a mobile app. Maintaining and updating a stress diary for a few weeks will help you become more aware of the situations which cause you to become stressed. This will enable you to avoid stressful situations and develop better coping mechanisms.
- Learn to say ‘no’ sometimes – It’s a common cause of stress, having too much on your plate. Although it may seem easy, saying ‘no’ to people when you have too much on, can be difficult. You want to help people out, but is it really worth getting even more stressed? By saying ‘no’ to unimportant requests, it will also help you develop more self-confidence.
- Manage your time better – Having things like a to-do list will help you prioritise your tasks more efficiently. It will help you manage your time better and will allow you to have more organisation with your day/tasks. This is a very structured approach and it works for many people. There are lots of mobile apps available to help you become more organised, such as Contapp for your business cards. They are worth looking into and will bring lots of benefits to your busy schedule.
The Business App That’ll Make You Stress Less
Business cards can be a stressful part of your job. Especially if you attend lots of events or have collected an endless pile over the years. You find lots of random business cards in all areas of your desk and most of the time, you have no idea where you got them from.
Contapp removes that stress from you and places your collection of business cards inside a streamlined mobile app. Transform your printed business cards into digital profiles, with the in-built scanning feature. From there, you have endless possibilities of using digital features to effectively use and manage business cards digitally.