6 Tips to Coping with Stress at Work

May 9, 2018

By Christy Fox, Director of Marketing

Stress in the workplace is extremely common and known to be a big challenge affecting employee engagement in many companies. Not only does stress impact engagement at work, but also productivity and overall health of employees. While a certain level of stress is expected with any job, it is important for you to pick up strategies to reduce stress and create a better working environment for yourself. After all, 1/3 of the average person’s life is spent at work. Everyone handles stress differently, but these six tips will help you lower your stress levels and feel less anxious at work.

Keep a positive mindset.  Instead of looking at stress from your own filtered view where you may tend to magnify the negative aspects of situations, blame yourself for conflict, or immediately assume the worst, view stress objectively to help minimize these types of negativity. Practice positive self-talk, and be open to learning from stressful situations instead of letting them bring you down.

Focus on others. Volunteering, lending a helping hand, or even complimenting others is proven to increase happiness. Positive actions towards others at work such as showing gratitude for help, giving compliments on a job well done, or mentoring can minimize negative impacts on your mental health.

Set yourself up for small wins. Oftentimes professionals find themselves buried with countless projects and it feels like the workload is too much. When the stress of work overload gets to you, try to find a small task or challenge that you can solve quickly and easily. This small success can act as a positive jump start to your day and get your mind ready to take on bigger challenges.

Take small breaks. When you are facing a stressful day at work, stop and take a couple of deep breaths to reset yourself. Other helpful tactics include a quick walk around the building, meditation, or mid-day yoga to help refresh your brain and lower stress levels.

Create a schedule. Poor time management often leads to stress at work. Plan your time wisely and structure your day to ensure that you’re prioritizing the right tasks and staying on top of deadlines. It is also important to eliminate as many interruptions as possible. This will help you relax knowing that you are completing your work in a timely manner.

Exercise, eat healthily and get plenty of sleep. These basics contribute to your stress levels and have a huge impact on your overall health. It is crucial to get some type of exercise during the week or every day if possible. Stress has a tendency to make us turn to unhealthy foods that can elevate blood pressure, raise cholesterol levels and more. It is important to choose healthy foods including plenty of fruits and vegetables with the right nutrients to boost your immune system and make you feel better in general. Lastly, reducing stress depends, in large part, to how much sleep you get. Make sure to get an adequate amount of rest each night to perform at your best during your workday.

We all deal with some type of stress at work. Take the necessary steps to positively impact your mental health and create a better work environment for yourself. What actions do you take to reduce your workplace stress levels?

Importance of a Vision Board

December 16, 2015

By Danielle Ketterer, Project Manager, DRI’s Healthcare IT Practice 

Our women’s group in the office always tries to come up with a new idea of what to talk about at our monthly meetings. Many different ideas were thrown out and then someone thought of a great idea for our meeting last month to all make vision boards and then talk about it all together. I was skeptical about the idea at first because I thought to myself, “Why would a vision board help me accomplish my goals?” So with that question in my mind, I decided to do some digging into the benefits of a vision board and here is what I found.

Flipping through a health magazine, you could probably find: one hundred different pictures of what you wished you looked like, one hundred more pictures of how you wish you ate, and probably many more materialistic items that you wished you had. But are these realistic goals? How are you going to accomplish these things? How are achieving these goals going to benefit you? These are all questions that come to mind when trying to decide what to put on your vision board. Every person is different in what their ultimate vision is, but putting it down on paper and looking at it every day is important to accomplishing that vision.

Steps to making a vision board:

1. Be realistic: Owning a multi-million dollar home would be amazing and anyone would love to live in one, but making $10 an hour at the coffee shop twenty hours a week is not going to get you to have the resources to own that dream home unless you inherit your great aunts fortune. Think of what it is going to take to get you to have those resources. So maybe it is going to school to get a degree that will help you get on the track to that dream home. Being realistic is going to help you be motivated to do what it is that you would like to accomplish instead of having this large vision in your head, but no idea of how to get there.

2. Be long term thinking, but also think about the short term: Thinking of your ultimate goals in the future is important, but what is more important is how you are going to get there. If you want to lose 100 pounds, that is not just going to happen by pasting a picture of someone with a six-pack on a paper and looking at it every day. You have to have action in order to get where you want to. So maybe you would like to lose 100 pounds, but instead of posting a picture of a half-naked person you post a picture of three new workouts you are going to try this week. That way you know those three workouts are going to help you achieve the ultimate weight loss goal.

3. Quantifiable: “I want to make more money” is something that you hear from everyone. Changing that to a statement like: “I want to make $100,000 this year” makes the goal more attainable. Making the statement quantifiable, makes it better to have a plan on how to get there. As recruiters, we might have to close 25 deals to get to $100,000 so every time you close a deal you know you are one step closer to that yearly earnings goal.

4. Encompassing different facets of your life: Making more money and owning a fancy car are great, but those should not be the only areas on your vision board. Whether it is improving your spiritual life, working on friendships, seeing your family more, or managing your stress these are important parts of your vision boards to not forget.

After doing some research I realized the value and importance of having a vision board and how they can help you to achieve your goals. Our women’s group all put ours at our desk, so having that vision board where we can see it all days helps us to always have those goals on our minds. I suggest to anyone to make a vision board to help give yourself some direction.