5 Ways to Reduce Work-Related Stress
For the most part, people aren’t sufficiently managing their stress. According to the American Psychological Association, 30 percent of Americans say their stress has increased over the past year and 20 percent of people even say they experience levels of “extreme stress.”
From long commutes to poor leadership, there are a number of things that contribute to a person’s stress levels. A recent survey by Comparably found that above all, “unclear goals” were the number one source of stress for employees. The other top stressors are bad management, long commutes, difficult co-workers and long hours. However, 42 percent identified unclear goals as their top stressor.
Stress can often lead to burnout. While one might think a vacation could be a good cure for this, many people feel pressure to work during their time off. According to the survey, 33 percent of women and 26 percent of men say their bosses expect them to work during vacation.
So even if a vacation can be stressful, how can people truly chill out? Comparably co-founder and CEO Jason Nazar shared his tips on what people can do inside and outside the office to prevent and combat stress.
Take a walk.
Start your day with mindfulness.
“Give yourself some period to just not think about work at all or worry about anything that's going on. And a really big part of that is being off a device. A huge part of what makes us stress and less productive is being so tethered to our devices all the time. I think putting the phone away, putting screens away and just being in the present physical world can really decrease stress.”