3 simple ways to reduce stress at work
Have demanding work hours, deal with a difficult boss, or have harsh deadlines to make? These situations are all too common in the workplace, and cause high levels of stress among employees.
If this sounds familiar to you, you’re not alone. Not only are stressful work conditions detrimental to individual workers, but to their companies as well. According to the American Psychological Association, workplace stress costs American companies an estimated $300 billion each year.
While many workplace conditions that contribute to stress are out of your control, you can choose how to deal with the stress and that can make a huge difference.
Fortunately, TIME compiled a list of simple ways to reduce stress at work. All of these solutions – which are scientifically proven – can be done right at your desk.
1. Sit up straight. It may sound simple, but good posture can actually impact how well you work, according to Andy Yap, a post doctoral associate and lecturer at MIT. “Your posture influences psychology and that influences behavior,” he told TIME. Through Yap’s experiments, he found that when we hunch our backs and sit in tight positions, we feel more stressed and less powerful.
2. Get organized. Researchers have found that just looking at clutter can make us stressed – even if the work we’re doing is not stressful – so it may be time to clean up a bit and organize your desk.
3. Avoid interruptions. It may sound difficult, but resisting the urge to check your phone or Facebook throughout the day could really pay off. On study from Germany found “workflow interruptions had detrimental effects on satisfaction with one’s own performance, the forgetting of intentions, and irritation.”