As we approach 2013, stress is of growing concern to workers as well as businesses. Regus research (English only) has identified the key causes of stress and how it impacts your bottom line.
If we manage it better, we can all become far more productive. Here are my tips for staying stress free:
1. Identify the causes of stress. Most of the 16,000 workers questioned confirmed that the primary source of stress is the workplace rather than the home, with the Global Financial Crisis the main catalyst.
2. You can’t avoid the ‘GFC,’ but you can change the way you work. Being Regus, we have plenty of experience relieving workplace pressure: we call it flexible working, and, unsurprisingly, 6 in 10 of those we spoke to (63%) identified this as a good way to cut stress.
3. Get some exercise. “Going for a short walk, doing stretching or breathing exercises, or just getting away from your desk has a great impact,” says Neil Shah, the director of the Stress Management Society. In addition, exercise produces endorphins, the body’s natural opiates, which boost mood.
4. As Regus CEO Mark Dixon explains in his blog, in the age of permanent connectivity, we need to learn to switch ourselves off. So turn off your mobile. Smartphones and BlackBerrys let us email and take calls wherever we are, whether in the bath or on a beach.
5. Unwind. It may seem obvious, but surprisingly few of us take the time to relax. Do you use up your vacation days? And when you do get away from the office, do you spend too much time chasing your tail—doing DIY, admin, running around organizing your family? How much time do you actually spend switching off?
Maybe you have another way to reduce stress? Share your stress-relieving tips below.