Workplace Stress and Boundaries

Written by: Lanota Fludd, M.P.A, M.Ed
Workplace Stress and Boundaries

‘Tis the season for quarterly changes at work. This may be in the form of a promotion, a department restructuring, a new work location, or a change in field.  All of these things can impact day-to-day stress levels, yet there are things that can be done to aid us in this season. 

As we embark on this New Year, below are five tips to aid you when workplace stress arises:

  1. Take a deep breath. There is a skill called balloon breathing. In this skill, you blow in with a deep breath, and then blow out. This focus on breathing is a way to be present in the moment.
  2. Take a walk. Be it to the coffee room or just around the building, walking is a way to change your scenery and opens up positive endorphins.
  3. Start a gratitude journal or be intentional about pausing throughout the day to note or acknowledge something that you have gratitude for.
  4. Plan personal time to unwind. I know this may seem hard, but try to be intentional about mapping at least 15 minutes of the day for you to simply be present with you. This may be at the top of the morning, before the day’s activities and responsibilities begin, or it can be at the end of the night.
  5. Chunk the work. You can only do so much in one day, so find ways to break the work up into chunks so that the work is not overwhelming.

While work may be out of control, these tools can aid in the response to the work.