Love or hate your job, sometimes, just the thought of getting up on Mondays to go to work makes us cringe. Stress from work occasionally is unavoidable, but when it gets too much, countless studies found that work-related stress and anxiety causes your health to deteriorate. A lot of work stress stems from time-management issues, and not being able to delineate work time and play time. Before you get too burnt out, take these steps to save your sanity.
Have weekly targets to meet? Or drowning in meetings, presentations, pitches, and deadlines? Sit back and calm down. Plot out your week with those important appointments, and plan out your tasks for each appointments accordingly. It helps to have a weekly overview of your schedule so that you don’t waste time and stress yourself out.
No when to say no. Sometimes our superiors set unrealistic deadlines that could mean sacrificing the quality of work you produce. If you think this would be the case, ask your boss and negotiate deadlines, making sure to explain your side. Whether or not they agree, most of the time, all you have to do is ask.
You have work hours for a reason—when you clock out at the end of the day, leave your work. Don’t worry, it’ll still be there in the morning. It might make it more bearable for you to face another set of long hours tomorrow if you know that you don’t have to think about it again until you clock in. If you absolutely have to take some work home with you, set specific times after you’ve had some me-time or time for other things.
Having an especially bad day? Treat yourself to a nice dinner or an after-work drink to blow off some steam. Or get that dress you’ve been eyeing for months. After all, you work hard and deserve a pat on the back for it every now and then!
Instead of lumping together your leaves into one long vacation, consider spreading it out over the year. Give yourself a long weekend every quarter so that you have a little break to look forward to throughout the year. When you do go for a holiday, disconnect from work! Remember, you have a right to go on vacation and you’ve earned it.
Whether you decide to do it in the morning or before heading home, exercising helps boost your mood by giving you endorphins—plus allowing you to burn off some steam from work stress. It also gives you clarity and boosts your energy, making you more equipped to deal with the things you have to do.
Work is something we all have to deal with, it’s something most of us will be doing for a long time. Make the most of your life by saving yourself from unnecessary stress and anxiety.
Trisha Bautista is a freelance writer, food and product stylist, social media manager, and violin teacher. She was formerly editorial assistant and social media editor for Women’s Health Philippines, and the assistant lifestyle editor and social media editor for Cosmopolitan Philippines. She enjoys discovering easy recipe hacks, working out by herself and trying out DIY workout programs, traveling outdoors, and enjoying wine and whiskey.