STRESS & FATIGUE
Short bursts of stress can be good, it allows us to get tasks down. However, stress over long periods of time can have harsh effects on your body. Emotional factors, such as difficult working relationships or a too high or low workload; and physical factors, such as prolonged pain, all contribute to stress and fatigue. Here are some ways you can reduce work-related stress.
- Learn to recognise your signs of stress. These can include fatigue, depression, disturbed sleep, irritability.
- Self reflection. Think about what is stressing you at work, and are there any small changes you can make to improve things. Are you a procrastinator? Try tackling tasks as soon as you get them, and prioritise your most important tasks at the beginning of the day.
- Take 5 minutes during your lunch break to practice mindfulness. Research has shown this to be effective in improving productivity and employee satisfaction.
- Move more! Exercise boosts mood and increases energy and focus.
- Eat healthy and nutritious foods. Limit your sugar consumption to avoid energy crashes.
- Get plenty of sleep. Aim for 8 hours a night, and turn off devices one hour before you plan on going to sleep.
- Don’t worry about the things out of your control. You can’t control every situation, only how you react to them