April marks the beginning of Stress Awareness Month which has taken place every April since 1992. The aim of awareness month is to increase public awareness on stress; the causes and solutions to combat it. One of the most common causes of stress can be work. You might be going through a really busy period at work or feel as though you have a never ending to do list that seems to never get completed.

We’ve put together a list of our top 5 ways to reduce stress in the work place which we hope will help you combat stress.

1. Me Time

If you’re working long hours throughout the week, sometimes it can be hard to shut off from work, even when you’re at home. Therefore, it’s important to make time for the things you enjoy, whether that be meeting up with friends, reading a book or simply watching the latest trending Netflix series – make sure you set aside some time each week to do these things for yourself which will help you feel more relaxed.

2. Communication

Stress can easily build up over time so you may not realise how stressed you are until it feels like you have too much on your plate. If you feel like this, it’s important to talk to others about why you’re feeling so stressed, even if you talk to someone outside of the workplace such as a friend or partner. Most likely, you’ll feel  a lot better once you’ve got everything off your chest and an outsider’s perspective might give you some useful insight on what to do next.

3. Organise You Time Efficiently

If the cause of your stress is the amount of tasks you have to do at work then try ordering your tasks in terms of priority, leaving the least important till last. This way you can rest assured that high priority tasks are done and dusted which might set your mind at ease.

4. Be Honest & Realistic

You might feel as though you have a back log of tasks that you need to do whilst still receiving tasks to be carried out which could be the root cause of your stress. If this is the case then be realistic with your deadlines and re-priorities your tasks in order to make room for new, higher priority ones. Also, if you don’t think you can make the deadline then discuss it with your team, they may be able to help you or advise you on the best thing to do to ensure the task gets done.

5. Develop Healthy Habits

It may sound like stating the obvious but healthy habits such as drinking water throughout the day, exercising and getting enough sleep are all proven to help beat stress. As well as feeling as though you’re taking good care of yourself, you’ll also feel a lot more energetic and more productive which will help you complete your long lists of tasks and reduce stress.

How do you best deal with stress? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us at @clothes2order.