Guest Post by Riya Sander
From paying down student loan debt to running a young family to even juggling projects at work, life for many millennials is a real challenge. With an estimated 75% of the workforce being millennials by 2025 and over 2.5 billion millennials worldwide, we are ticking time bombs walking around at work waiting to explode. With healthcare costs rising, sometimes you wonder, “Can you make a medical claim for stress at work?” and have the culprits pay for it? Maybe, maybe not…but what you can do are employ five simple tools to tackle work-related stress.
How to Tackle Work Related Stress
1 . Take Care of Yourself.
Above all else, you have to remember to take care of yourself. In order to maintain your wellbeing, you need to make a point to enhance your health. One of the easiest ways to do this is by simply getting enough sleep, especially during the work week. Do not stay up on your phone or that laptop…go to bed early! Additionally, you can also take the next step by eating well and eating regularly. There is nothing wrong with snacking on a healthy treat at your desk while you are at work! By keeping your blood sugar stable, you can fight off the anxiety-like symptoms of dizziness, confusion, and shakiness.
2. Get Up and Move Around.
I don’t care what you have to do, set a reminder on your phone or employ an accountability partner, but get up and move around. Every 90 minutes you should make a point to leave your workstation to take a quick walk. You could even take it a step further by exercising at lunch. Spend you 30 minutes or an hour running on the treadmill, lifting weights, or just walking around the block. I assure you this spurt of blood flow will help alleviate your work related stress symptoms.
3. Enjoy People Time.
Millennials in the workforce can sometimes feel like they have a target on their back. With being labeled the generation of entitled brats, sometimes our concerns can go unnoticed and unrecognized. This is simply not true. There are people at your jobs who are purposely available to help alleviate both stresses in young adults and older ones too. Consider talking with your HR department, your boss, or even another colleague about the problems you are facing. Allow someone to be your sounding board and even your advice-giver. You spend a vast majority of time with these people, let them into your life. You could also take this a step further by devoting some time to volunteering. By helping others, you will naturally take your mind off of the issues that are bothering you.
4. It is Okay to Ask for Help.
Something that I find extremely helpful but also extremely underutilized is counseling for work related stress. Many employers offer Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) that will partially pay for you to speak to a professional counselor. Don’t let the stigma of therapy keep you from finding your true potential, but rather take this gift your employer has given you. Like I said before, you have to remember to take care of yourself.
5. Play Mind Games.
Lastly, check your attitude and play some mind games. Instead of worrying about others at your job and their opinions of you, focus on what you can control which is yourself. Focus on the good things you have accomplished and graciously learn from any mistakes and/or critiques. We aren’t perfect; we are designed to grow and mature. Give yourself the room to do so.
I challenge you to go to work tomorrow with these key ideas in mind understanding that you are not alone in your struggles. Even the slightest bit of adjustment can make a positive impact in your life. Remember, you hold the key to your destiny; unlock your potential.
Riya Sander is very delighted to work with many aspiring small business owners. She is part of a specialized training center for business development. She sometimes takes part in teaching courses on building business, entrepreneurship, social media contents and marketing strategy via online channels. Check out her Twitter, LinkedIn.