3+1 Stress-Relief Tips for Better Productivity at Work

Can you name at least 3 people among your friends and colleagues who do not experience any stress at work? I am sure most of you are already having a hard time trying to recall even 1 person who is stress-free. Well, that is the reality of today’s workplace.3+1 Stress Relief Tips For Better Productivity At Work

65% of adults say that work if the major source of stress in their lives. No surprise why almost half of adults also report that they cannot sleep at night because of the stressful events at work. Stress and anxiety, if abused, negatively influence work productivity and motivation.

Moreover, studies have shown that stress can cause various health consequences ranging from flu and colds to heart attacks and metabolic syndromes. In fact, researchers have found that stressful jobs can actually lower life expectancy. Not funny, huh?!

The bad news is that stress is inevitable because it is a natural reaction of our body to events and things happening around us. But the good news is that there are, at least, a couple of things you can do to manage your stress levels and get rid of bad stress.

Let’s take a look at essential stress-relief tips you can use to achieve better productivity at work.

1. Start your day positively

A lot of people underestimate the power of starting their day off right. When people kick off their working day with stress, they become more vulnerable and handle challenges with more difficulties than if they start their day positively.

Instead of beating yourself up from early morning on, here is what you can do:

  • Kick off your working day with a thank-you note to a colleague with whom you worked yesterday, a partner who helped resolve an issue, or even to a customer who stayed loyal despite ups and downs of the company.
  • Get into a positive mindset by using positive affirmations and positive visualization. Instead of using negative phrases, put a positive spin on them. You will see how easy problems start to seem.
  • Surround yourself with positive colleagues. Have a quick chat in the morning with somebody you get along with pretty well. It will give you a good start for your day.

2. Forget perfectionism and learn to prioritize

We all like a little bit of perfectionism in our lives. But by growing up and having a lot to deal with at work and in our personal life, it is important to be able to give up perfectionism and learn to prioritize, i.e. do first things first.

To do so, it is essential to realize that we are not invincible and we cannot do everything perfectly. Even if we try to do it, sooner or later our health will be affected and not in a good way.

So what to do?

  • Clarify your goals and set clear objectives for your work.
  • Prioritize your duties based on goals. Ask yourself, ‘How close does this task get me to my goals?”
  • Learn to reduce your to-do list from 10-15 things a day to 3-5 most important ones.
  • Set realistic deadlines and use your calendar to remind yourself of upcoming milestones.

Learning to prioritize also means knowing when to say NO. When your colleagues bombard you with extra tasks and requests, take a couple of minutes to see if you have time for more work. If your agenda is full and the extra task gets you nowhere close to your goals, say that you cannot take on more work.

It does not mean you neglect others. It simply means you have enough self-respect to prioritize what matters most at that moment.

3. Concentrate on your strengths and do what you are good at

Another big reason for being stressful is the simple fact that we beat ourselves up for our weaknesses. In stressful situations, people become more vulnerable even in the case of tiniest problems.

But a simple mindset shift can resolve all the stress related to work.

  • Instead of weaknesses, set yourself in a ‘strengths mode’.
  • Identify your top strengths and character traits by asking your friends and colleagues or by taking a strengths finder
  • Once you identify your strengths, try to incorporate those into your daily activities both at work and at home.

When we do what we are good at, our levels of motivation and happiness increase dramatically. People who happen to use their strengths at work are on average 74% more engaged and 31% more productive.

Concentrating on one’s strengths does not mean overlooking one’s weaknesses. It means using one’s strengths to minimize the negative effects of our weaknesses. If we can use our strengths and be more productive at work, then why not?

All these tips will bring no result to your productivity if you do not take care of your body and mind first. Stress-eating, gaining weight and constantly being depressed and tired all indicate that you do not take enough care of your body. So if you want to handle stress and be able to manage its influence in the long term, you should make your physical and mental health a priority.

And here is how:

  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep every day and do not sleep in on weekends.
  • Turn off all screens 1 hour before going to sleep and do not get to your phone the first thing in the morning. Try to balance how much you use technology.
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes every day. If you cannot go to the gym, then do small exercises at home or even at work. Stand up and move a bit in between stressful tasks. It will help your body release stress.
  • Meditate and free your mind from all the unnecessary thoughts.
  • Eat healthy and nutritious food. Remember that coffee is not your only savior.
  • Spend quality time with family and friends.

Stress is a real problem nowadays but fortunately, it is manageable. Follow the simple tips outlined in the article to reduce stress levels and improve productivity at work. Remember that everything is in your hands.

And don’t forget to share your own tips on how you manage stress.

Looking forward to hearing from you in the comments section.

If you want to know more about improving your confidence, take a look at this article about strength-based confidence building.

About the author: Anatoli Chernyaev is a content marketing manager born in Armenia and currently living in France. A strong believer in the power of strength-awareness and strengths use, he writes about various topics such as self-awareness, positive thinking, personal development, and career advice. In his free time, he travels around the world in search of inspiration and positivity.

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Office Desks For A Complete Artistic Vision

Office desks are something that you have to choose carefully.  They should be chosen based on their size, the writing surface, and the design that you have gone for.  You need a desk that will host your creative vision, and you need a place that you can easily organize for your future endeavors.  Someone who has problems with their office desk needs to replace it so that they can get back to work, get more work done, and use these tips to buy that desk.  You need a desk that will host your creative vision, and you need a place that you can easily organize for your future endeavors. 

  1. The Desk Should Be Large Enough

This guide helps you find a nice desk that will be the right size for you.  Most people who are looking for a desk will have a very hard time buying the right desk if they are looking at things that are too small.  The desks that you get should have a place for you to rest your computer, to set down a notepad, and to leave your mail.  You also need to be sure that you have found a simple way to get a desk that fits in your home.  All these desks are different, and you should check the dimensions first. 

  1. The Desk Has A Cover

Some desks need to have a cover.  Other desks need to have a flat space with no covering.  You might need something that has a pull-down top, or you might use a desk that has a little cubby hole that you close up when you are done.  Everyone who is looking for a nice desk needs to see how it closes up.  There are desks that do not close up, but that is different from getting something that is very private. 

  1. Storage

You need a desk that has enough storage for all the things that you plan to use in a day.  Most people who need storage need to have places to slide all their papers.  They need to have a simple storage space that will help them hide things they want to keep and they need to see if there is a way for them to get the desk that has file cabinet drawers.  You need to be sure that you have looked carefully at how storage works because you might also get locking storage that is safer for your private files.

  1. The Sketching Surface

The sketching surface that you have chosen will make it easier for you to get to work when you have an inclined surface to write or draw.  These surfaces are perfect for you to use when you are trying to create things, and you have to remember that you can get a desk that will have nothing but the writing surface with a couple of drawers underneath.

The best part of buying a desk is that you can get all the different options you need right here instead of just settling for a desk that does not do what you want.  Each of these tips makes your desk more fun to use every day.

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Amazing Beauty Hair Extensions

I was offered to do a review on hair extensions, so I chose some 16″  tape-in extensions and because it turned out they were blonder than my hair I sent them to my daughter to give them a try. Hair extensions are very common today and have improved in quality over the years when I was wearing hair pieces. They come in a variety of lengths, colors, styles, including clip-ins which makes it very easy to put in. Amazing Beauty Hair Extensions offers great customer service, their site is easy to order from and the order came quickly and well packaged.

Right now they are offering a Spring Special of Spend $50 Save $5 Spend $100 Save $10Amazing Beauty Hair Extensions

What I have read is that when using extensions it is important not forget to care for the hair underneath so when you decide to take the extensions out your hair will be in top condition. And this is easy to do as you would care for the extensions the same as you do your own hair. The golden rules of good hair care

• It is suggested when preparing to use extensions that you prepare your hair and if you have been using chemical dyes and hair relaxers that you stop using them.

• It is suggested that if you are experiencing flaky scalp that you use a medicated shampoo containing selenium sulfide or zinc pyrithione can really be of great help. Leave on the hair for 15 minutes then use a good shampoo and conditioner after.

• This hair cleaning process should make your hair to be clean and ready for extensions to be applied.

• Then the care after extensions are applied is to wash your hair on a regular basis and need to gently massage the shampoo on the scalp as you slowly work the shampoo down on the hair weave. As you wash your hair, try to keep your extension hair as straight as possible to prevent any chance of matting or tangling.

• Never forget about your hair below the extension and moisturize and condition it just like you do the extension hair. If you wish to achieve deep conditioning, apply conditioners that are thin because these will reach your scalp easily.Amazing Beauty Hair Extensions Before and After

You can style your hair but it is also suggested that you use a heat protector for hair and you can use a curling iron or the hair roller method, either way, and what is comfortable for you. I have worn hair pieces for years and they can be nice in the summer when you want to pull your hair up to get it off your neck.

Using the hair roller method
The strand by strand curling option

When you buy extensions from Amazing Beauty Hair Extensions they have very informative information on their website to help you learn how to care for your new hair. plus they have customer service you can contact if you have more questions.

And their website has tons of hair care tips for Healthy Hair

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The extensions are made of natural hair and are very soft and easy to handle. They are very easy to care for
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