Techniques to Reduce Stress at Work and at Home

If you struggle with stress, you are certainly not alone. 55% of Americans report feeling stressed each day, according to the American Institute of Stress. Chronic stress can negatively impact your mental and physical health and may contribute to anxiety, depression, a lowered immune system, heart disease, and more. Take control of your wellbeing – reduce stress at work and at home with these techniques:  

Utilize Relaxation Methods 

When you are in the midst of a stressful situation at work or at home, utilize relaxation methods in the moment to bring yourself back to a calmer state. Some common methods include: taking slow, deep breaths, focusing on a nearby object or a part of your body, or repeating a reassuring phrase in your head (i.e., “Everything will be okay.”). 

Track Your Triggers 

Identifying the situations that cause you stress can help you be proactive at determining how to handle them more effectively in the moment. Track your triggers for an extended period of time, such as a week, and take notes in a journal to see any patterns. Then brainstorm some ways that work best for you to prepare and/or respond next time that situation arises. 

Practice Self-Care 

Get back to the basics and properly fuel and rest your body and mind to reduce your stress overall. Practice self-care by ensuring you are eating a balanced, nutritional diet, getting enough sleep, incorporating physical activity, and partaking in any leisure activities that you personally find relaxing.  

Establish Work-Life Balance 

Workplace stress can creep into your life outside the office and cause stress at home if you don’t take steps to prevent it. Establish work-life balance by setting up boundaries between your work and home activities, such as not responding to emails after working hours and making sure to use all of your available paid time off to fully recharge.  

Ask for Support 

If chronic stress is affecting you at work or home, you don’t have to try to alleviate it on your own. Ask for support, such as by talking to your boss about issues impacting your productivity or morale, utilizing your workplace’s employer assistant program (EAP), or reaching out to a trusted friend or family member in which to confide.  

Take the Next Step in Your Career 

Prolonged stress in the workplace may be indicative of the need for a professional change. IFG is an accounting and finance employment agency, and our team of Business Partners have direct experience in the industry. We can work with you to find the opportunity that not only fits your qualifications, but aligns with your professional goals. Contact us today to meet with an IFG Business Partner.