How to overcome stress at work

26 June 2020

No matter what industry you work in, it’s likely you’ll have to handle some level of stress in your job. During busy periods, you might find yourself getting a little overwhelmed. That’s why we’ve come up with some tried and tested methods to help you overcome stress at work.

Start the day off properly

Although there is always lots going on in the morning, you need to carve out some time for yourself. Make sure you have a nutritious breakfast, leave enough time for any traffic jams and pre-pack any bags you or the family might need. Trust us, keeping the morning as stress-free as possible sets you up for a good day.


When there’s lots going on, it can be tricky to know which fire to fight first. Take a moment to write out a list of all the things that need doing. You can then place them in a priority order and work strategically through your tasks.

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Ask for help

It’s important to remember that you aren’t alone – reach out to your colleagues for advice. They might offer a solution you hadn’t thought of or even be able to complete some of the tasks for you.

Accept the things you can’t change

There will always be things that you can’t change about a situation. The sooner you can accept that, the happier you’ll be. Instead, concentrate on the things that you can control to make yourself feel calmer.

Take time to exercise

Getting active helps you to clear your head. Exercise releases feel good hormones and can give you the chance to deal with problems from a healthier perspective. Staying active is great for your continued mental and physical well-being.

Carve out some break time

No matter how busy you are, it’s important to take time to get space away from your work. You aren’t a machine and you need to give yourself a rest to eat, drink, and have a bit of ‘me time’ to prevent a burn out.

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Don’t multi-task

Trying to do more than one job at once will impact the success of both tasks. Try and focus on one job at a time and shut down any distractions. Move your phone away wherever possible and close any social media tabs.

Set up a comfortable workstation

Make sure you’re comfortable at your workstation. Being physically uncomfortable adds to your stress levels and makes it more likely you’ll snap. Make sure your chair is set up correctly for you, the noise level is comfortable and that you’re in a good position to work.

Also, try and keep your area free from clutter. If you’re surrounded by snack wrappers, paperwork and unnecessary items, it’ll be harder to focus.

Focus on the positive

It’s very easy to dwell on the negatives and that can be really draining. Instead, try and highlight the positive things that have happened in the day. Give yourself a reward for a job completed to a high standard.

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