If you’ve got a full-time job, you work at least 2,000 hours a year. You probably spend more time with your co-workers than you do with your family. And you probably find it harder to escape work-related stress.
According to a recent study, 40 percent of adults admit to lying in bed at night, stressing out about work. They feel overwhelmed, worried about their futures and just plain stress.
All that worrying about work takes up a lot of emotional energy, energy that could be used in living a purpose filled life. If the same thing is happening to you, it’s time to let go of your work-related stress, relax and get back to living the life you want–a purpose filled life.
Here’s how to shed away stress at your workplace:
- Take control. According to a study conducted by Harvard University researchers, people feel more stress when they feel like they are not in control of situations. You can reduce stress by taking control of things — even if they are little things. Make decisions. Be decisive. And own projects rather than letting projects own you.
- Eliminate interruptions. Nothing can sap your energy, derail your momentum and blow up your day like unexpected interruptions. If you are constantly interrupted, take steps to stop it. Make people schedule time on your calendar, end unexpected interruptions as soon as they arrive and take control of your time.
- Breathe. Taking deep breaths — and really, really focusing on them — can help you relax. Inhale for five seconds, then exhale for five seconds through your nose. Doing deep-breathing exercises for 90 seconds can help you calm down when you’re feeling stressed.
- Take care of yourself. If you’re stressing all the time, you might not be eating right or getting enough sleep, both of which are key to feeling good. The worse your feel, the more you’ll stress. Stop the vicious cycle by taking care of yourself.
Living a purpose filled life isn’t always easy. But it can be done. Remember, you’re Sentenced2Life, live the life you want to and do all you can to enjoy it. And that just might mean putting work on the back burner.