How can you beat stress at work?

Living in Lagos and other major Nigerian cities, we start most mornings with traffic on the way to our offices where various meetings or responsibilities await us. Often times, we multitask amidst several requests and interruptions, and at the end of the day, we head back to our homes through that same traffic where we have to think about home chores. The next day, we repeat the same process. The end result if not properly managed is – you guessed right – stress.


Studies have found a correlation between extreme stress and reduced productivity among workers.

stress at workWe get it; today’s workplace is often a pressure cooker of tasks, meetings, deadlines, and priorities that can lead to stress and anxiety. People seem to pride themselves on saying how stressed they are but we should also pride ourselves in identifying the triggers and how to manage it. If left unchecked, stress will not only have negative effects on your body and mental wellness but also your productivity.


Common effects of stress on the body includ


– Physic



Muscle tension or pai

Chest pai


Change in sex driv

Stomach upse

Sleep problem

– Menta




Lack of motivation or focu

Feeling overwhelme



– Behavioura


Overeating or undereati


Drug or alcohol abus

Tobacco us

Social withdrawa

How stress happen

When we are overwhelmed and feel that certain situations are out of our control, the stress hormone is activated, wearing us down physically, reducing concentration and adversely affecting our mental well-being


Can you beat stres

Absolutely! While we are unable to control certain situations, our reactions determine whether we will diffuse stress or increase it


Here are a few tips to help you cope with stress in the workplac


1. Eat healthy and get enough Zzz

eat breakfastzze:.s?.sleennglnydsstylsteennesale:We can’t say this enough; your diet can either energize or weaken you. Eat breakfast as this gives you enough energy to get the right start every morning. Also, not getting enough sleep exacerbates stress because you’re not getting the right refreshment that an adequate night rest brings. Find the right sleep pattern and try as much as possible to stick to it.


2. Just breatheWhenever you feel overwhelmed or upset, take a few minutes to breathe deeply. This can help you ‘reset’. Breathe in for five seconds, hold and exhale through your nose. The good thing is that you can do this while at your desk.


3. Break a swe

break a sweatatNo, we’re not talking about abandoning your desk to run around the office in gym clothes. There are simple ‘deskercises’ you can indulge in without leaving your seat. If you can leave your desk, engage in some stretching exercises or take a brief walk to clear your head.


4. Get some audio vibe

audio vibeonMusic is therapeutic; it relaxes the brain and helps in dealing with stress. It can also help you flow into your work. If your workplace permits listening to music during working hours, plug in your earphones and play some soft tunes.


5. Soak a b

cup of teaagAmong its many benefits, tea can lower cortisol levels in the body which in turn reduces anxiety. If you’re a coffee person, this can be hard to do but try it once in a while.


Managing stress is a highly personal undertaking and can vary widely from person to person. While these tips are not exhaustive, we believe they will help a great deal. Try them out and find what works for yo


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