posted March 23, 2016

Reducing Stress in Your Daily Routine 

by Anthony St. George, CPA, Senior Associate

Whether it is an approaching deadline or a demanding week full of meetings, we have all had times at our jobs that seem to cause a high level of stress. The majority of the primary stress causers are things that we cannot control as employees. However, there are certain things that you can do to help you reduce stress and still achieve the same level of performance or possibly increase performance. A few of those things are highlighted below:

Prioritizing: Have you ever felt that there are too many assignments on your to-do list? This is a common theme among employees who have deadlines and it may seem like there is not enough time in the day to accomplish everything. However, creating a physical to-do list and prioritizing these items can help you visualize the tasks that are more important and that should be done first. This not only helps you create a game plan for a workday, but it can also give you the satisfaction of crossing items off your list to help illustrate your productivity for the day.

Getting into a routine: Routines can help break up stressful days to incorporate activities that can help lower the level of stress at your job. Little things like taking a walk at lunch, exercising after work, or reading a book before bed can help your mind reset and allow you to be refreshed for the next day. These types of activities will not only give you something to look forward to during the day but will help reduced stress and take your mind off of work related items.

Making your health a priority: Eat good, feel good. It is a simple saying that can have a profound impact on not only your physical well-being but also your mental well-being. An easy way to incorporate fruits into your diet is to strive to eat an apple a day. An apple is an inexpensive way to incorporate fruit servings into your diet and is also a fruit that can be prepared in many different ways. One of my favorites includes chopping up the apple and mixing with ground cinnamon. The sugar from the fruit combined with the ground cinnamon makes for a tasty and healthy snack.

Decompress after work: The time in between work and home is an important time to separate between the work day and your personal life. Some ideas are to listen to your favorite podcast on the drive home, call a friend or family member on your drive home, or reading a book while taking the bus or other form of public transportation. With today’s technology, it is truly hard to really disconnect from the office, but you should always make an effort to block out a certain time period that is not work related.

Whether the examples above can be incorporated into your work day or there are other techniques that work well for you, it is important to incorporate some sort of stress reducing activities into your routines. Being proactive and establishing these activities can have a lasting impact on your everyday life.

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