Comments : Pali's top ten tips on how to relieve stress in the work place

Posted: 29/01/2013

1. Make sure you get adequate sleep

Not getting enough sleep affects us all so if you want to avoid low concentration levels at work, irritability and feeling lethargic all day, give your energy levels a boost and try and get some early nights in your working week. You’ll wake up as fresh as a daisy, raring to go and your stress levels will subsequently be decreased.

2. Plan ahead

If you know you are not a morning a person and you have control of your work diary, don’t plan a meeting for first thing in the morning. Anticipate that you won’t be in the right frame of mind and not quite functioning properly at that time. Make it a bit later when you are on form and there will be more chance of the meeting being productive and having the desired result.

3. Eat a piece of chocolate (that’s right people, you aren’t seeing things!)

Dark Chocolate is high in antioxidants and a small piece triggers the release of endorphins in our brain which are the ‘happy’ chemicals. Make sure you find chocolate that has at least 70% pure cocoa as it is rich in cholesterol-controlling flavonoids. So, the next time you’re feeling stressed or experiencing a complete lack of energy, eat a bit of dark chocolate and just wait for those endorphins to kick in. But remember not to overindulge – everything in moderation.

4. Have a tidy desk

“A cluttered desk is a cluttered mind.” When your desk and computer are a complete mess it’s not a nice environment to work in and you will constantly be searching for lost notes, papers and files which in return causes you stress. Make your life easier at work by tidying your desk and desktop, putting things in order and just generally organising your work space better. Even if it takes a while to initially do, you will be thankful you did it in the long run.

5. Make a to-do list

Organising your day by making a to-do list is a fantastic way to not only help manage your time but it will also help you prioritise your work load. Keeping yourself organised means avoiding the negative effects of clutter, and being more efficient with your work. Furthermore ticking off the tasks on your to-do list as and when you complete them will give you a sense of job satisfaction.

6. Put things in to perspective

Whether it’s a business meeting that went horribly wrong or you ended up losing a client, it might seem like the end of the world at the time, but take a few moments to try and put things in to perspective. Is the company going to massively suffer because of this? Will this still be an issue in a month’s time? Will you even be thinking about it next week? Having the ability to think about things rationally will help you put things in to perspective and you might come to realise this ‘huge crisis’ doesn’t actually mean you have to stress out and lose control after all.

7. Learn how to say ‘no’

It’s important you learn how to be assertive in the work place and not take on other peoples jobs if you don’t have to. Know your limits and stick to them. It’s not going to do anyone any good if you take on more work than you can handle; the jobs themselves won’t get done and it will result in you experiencing a lot of pressure and stress. Be realistic with your workload and don’t bite off more than you can chew.

8. Remember to breathe!

It might sound like a daft statement but when things seem to be getting on top of you it’s important to take a bit of time out and "breathe through your nose". You can't get as worked up if you force yourself to breathe through your nose. Your body simply can't maintain the same level of energy without that extra oxygen you get when breathing through your mouth. A few deep breaths can provide you with a momentary respite and help you centre your thoughts. The added bonus is that you can do it at your desk. After concentrating on your breathing for a few minutes you’ll feel the tension drain away from your body.

9. Introduce more exercise into your working day

Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and recharge. Sneak some activity into your day by making an effort to get outside for a 10-minute walk, especially before a stressful meeting. If you don’t get the opportunity to do this there are other ways you can incorporate exercise in to your working day. If you work locally why don’t you start walking or cycling to work? If you work in a large office block take the stairs instead of the lift. If you put your mind to it you will find there are plenty of ways in which you can combine exercise and work.

10. Use Pali!

If you’re a solicitor / conveyancer use Pali for all your search requirements! This is a great way to relieve stress in your workplace. Not only will Pali save you time with our simple, user-friendly online ordering system but we will also save your clients money as all our reports are competitively priced which will hopefully result in repeat business for you. There’s no need to worry about paying up front as we will set you up with a 30 day account. You will have peace of mind that all our searches are of the highest quality as we are members of CoPSO, IPSA, PCCB meaning all our searches are regulated and adhere to the Search Code and for added assurance each search produced by Pali has its own individual indemnity insurance with run off cover. It is our aim to be an extension of your Conveyancing department and handle all the administration of the searches required by your company, thereby taking all the hassle out of your office and putting it into ours.

For more information on the service Pali have to offer or to set up an account, please contact a friendly member of staff on 0151 691 1170/

Jo Milne, Pali Ltd

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