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Managing Work Stress

Many people spend 40 hours a week living out a nightmare that they call their job. Leaving little to no room to manage your work stress. Even those who find their day job enjoyable rather than frightening can start to feel stressed and emotionally drained over time. Pressure to perform from bosses, relentless office politics and being afraid of termination can all send your stress levels skyrocketing. This not only makes your 40 hours a week more difficult, but can begin to negatively impact your life outside of work as well. Below are a few tips on how to manage your work-related stress.

More Sleep, Less Stress

Sleep is one of the most important ways to manage your stress from work. No matter how long you work each day, getting 8 hours of quality sleep every night will allow you to function at your best when you're on the clock. To do this, try keeping a regular sleep schedule and staying away from blue light from phones and TVs before bed to help you get to sleep on time.

Exercise can manage stress

When work has you down, a solid 30 minutes of aerobic exercise will increase your heart rate as well as your energy levels and mood. You could do this by running, cycling or even dancing. If you don't have much time to spare, a short walk around your office can break up your day and recharge your batteries.

Habits to build yourself up

If you find yourself constantly thinking about how much you despise your job, actively try to catch yourself. Instead of going further down the rabbit hole, find some humor in the situation that's stressing you out and share it with a trusted coworker. This is especially true for things that are out of your control. Why stress yourself out if you can't change what's happening?

Organization is key

You need room to breathe even at a highly demanding job. Having an even-keeled schedule with regular breaks can lower your stress while keeping you efficient. Also, for commuters, consider taking off a little earlier each morning to avoid a frantic rush to work.

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