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5 tips to reduce work stress in 2018

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Pie and sauce. Summer and cricket. Work and stress.

They’re words that seem to go together; but if the office is leaving you anxious, it might be time to take a different tack.

With the ability to access emails and documents from the palm of your hand, there’s never been as much pressure to take an ‘always on’ approach when it comes to work, but 2018 could be the fresh start you need to focus on reducing the stress that comes from your job.

So how can you make sure you’re kicking goals at work without taking the stress home with you? We’ve put together five tips to help you reduce the strain – and none of them require more time, money or energy to achieve!

1. Let ‘perfect’ go

Setting yourself an impossible task, like striving for perfection, will stretch you thin and only leave you feeling like a failure. It’s alright (and completely normal) for things to go wrong sometimes; doing your best and learning from mistakes is a far healthier approach when it comes to work. Most bosses know full well that perfection doesn’t exist and many of the world’s most famous leaders agree that mistakes are in fact essential to progress.

Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once – Drew Houston, Co-Founder & CEO Dropbox

2. Set boundaries

Have some clear boundaries between home and office life; this could be as easy as putting down your phone outside of work hours. If you have a tendency to respond to emails at all hours of the day, it creates an expectation that you will respond immediately regardless of the time - so don’t set yourself this trap to begin with.

If you find your mind constantly checking into work when you’re off the clock, try giving yourself a five-minute pass every evening. When you arrive home, spend five minutes thinking through your work day and jotting down any thoughts. After the five minutes are up, commit to putting the rest of your energy into yourself or your family for the rest of the night.

3. Prioritise

There are only 24 hours in a day. How many of those hours do you spend doing what makes you truly happy? It’s important that you prioritise what you need to accomplish during your work day because getting through the essential tasks will mean that your job doesn’t need to follow you home.

Likewise, you should prioritise your spare time and fill it with activities you enjoy and people you love.

A silver-haired couple in convertible who've got work life balance sorted

4. Work integration

This is the holy-grail of reducing work stress. Today’s workforce is evolving, and companies are moving away from the traditional office set-up. Many businesses offer flexibility around hours and location, so you might have the opportunity to negotiate where you work from and your starting time – meaning you can pick up your kids from school or start that university course you’re interested in.

5. Have a back-up

Didn’t your parents always tell you to have a plan B? If you find yourself stressing about the future, it might be a good idea to look into income protection. This type of insurance gives you the peace-of-mind that you and your family will be assisted financially if something unexpected was to happen which would leave you out of work. You can get a quote from nib Life Insurance in just a few minutes.

Reducing work stress doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing your work ethic or output. Once you prioritise your own mental wellbeing, you’ll start to realise the positive impacts that can make you even better at your job – more energy, more creativity and the ability to think more liberally.

The fine print

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