Although the world of finance is rewarding, interesting and full of progression opportunities, it can also mean long hours. This can lead to an added amount of pressure and stress for those in the industry. If you’re one of the those that suffers with stress at work, what can you do to help you feel better? We have a list of top tips to help:
Ask for help
You know that saying “a problem halved is a problem shared”? That definitely rings true when it comes to stress and when you’re feeling the pressure at work. So, talk to someone you’re comfortable with when you are feeling stressed or tense at work. Maybe go for lunch or a coffee with them, it’s a great way to find out if they feel the same and find out their solution. If the stress is due to a lack of support then maybe talking to a friend will help or find a hobby that allows you to meet new people.
It may be a common misconception in companies that weakness is shown when you admit you have too much work or when you say no to something. But being forthright with your manager about your workload is important and better than struggling through an unmanageable workload by yourself. When asked about your workload, be honest or make them aware during your next one-to-one meeting. The best way to do this is to show the work you’re expected to do during the week against the number of hours you work. Then they should be able to delegate tasks or help you to manage your time in a more effective way.
Think about your health
When you’re busy and stressed, your health can take a backseat. But looking after yourself can allow you to reduce your stress and actually make you more productive at work. This can be ensuring you exercise regularly, sleep well, eat a balanced diet and looking after your mental health. Easier said than done, we know, but the effort will pay off in a more positive mindset.
Feeling as if you have no control over your work or that you have too much to do and won’t remember to do them all can cause stress. The simplest solution to this is to implement a time management strategy. Everyone has a different preference for this kind of strategy so find something that suits you. This could be writing a to-do list or finding a digital app that reminds you of your work. Also, think about how efficiently you use your time. Could turning off your emails or moving to a cafe make you more productive? If so, do it.
Take a break
Having your lunch at your desk isn’t the most effective way to ensure your productivity. Instead, take yourself away from your desk and from your computer screen. Go for a walk, go out for lunch or just have a change of scene to give yourself that little breathing room. It is sure to help to allow you to destress, even if it is for 30 minutes.
Things happen at work that can get overly stressful. If such occasions occur then take yourself out of the situation. We reckon that’s a better idea then staying at your desk, constantly thinking about what has happened. If being at work is what makes you feel stressed then maybe talk to your manager about flexible work options and the possibility of working remotely for some or all of your job.
With the advances in technology, it is very easy to take your work home with you. However, replying to work emails when you’re meant to be relaxing or spending time with your family isn’t healthy. In order to fulfil your potential every day, it’s a good idea to ensure you have a good work/life balance.
Stress is one of those things that can effect all aspects of your life and well-being, so if any of these tips can help you then give them a try. If your businesses finance problems are what is causing you stress then get in touch and we can talk about a bespoke option.