How to Handle Stress – Some tips to help bring the balance back!


We all lead busy lives so it is important that we take responsibility of our health and learn how to cope with stress when it hits. There are four pillars of health – mental, physical, financial and career – that each person needs to keep in balance. It will make a large impact on a person if two of the four pillars are in negative territory which results in a drop of productivity.

The first step in keeping balance is to build resilience by exercising, eating properly, and spending time in nature. If you are able to build resilience, you will have more psychological wellness and if you are hit by stress, you won’t be impacted as hard. Another thing you can do is check out your company’s employee assistance program to get a rating for your health. The program helps to find the aspects of a person’s life that are causing stress. Once the cause is determined, the company’s employee assistance program can provide you with the help you need, such as a councilor or financial planner.

Businessman Dealing With Stress

Three steps to reduce day-to-day stress:

1. Learn tactics to reduce stress

If you find that you are stressed because of a large list of tasks you have to complete or by a large project, try breaking them into smaller chunks and tackle each task one at a time. Typically when a person is able to check off finished work at a relatively fast rate, they start to feel more productive and less stressed.

2. Deal immediately with a tough task

It’s best to tackle a tough task as soon as possible, as we tend to let our heads get the best of us. Instead of waiting until the end of the day to deal with your “to-do” project, deal with it as early as you can. By dealing with tasks right away, we save ourselves a day of stress and worrying.

3. Know when to ask for help

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you’re feeling stressed and aren’t sure what to do. There will always be someone willing to help.

Seven steps to building resilience

1. Exercise

Exercise is always important, especially when stressed. It helps to clear your mind and get rid of stress by allowing you to calm your breathing. Exercises such as yoga and streching helpsthe body and mind relax.

Try starting off with going for a half-hour walk every day. If you feel stressed during work, take some time out of your lunch break to take a walk. If you’re able to, try to arrange walking meetings or have a friendly office competition by having all colleagues wear pedometers and see who can take the most steps in a week.

2. Eat right

Make sure you’re eating the proper amount of food and nutrients your body needs. You don’t want to be under eating or overeating as that can make an impact on stress and lead to other problems.

3. Get enough sleep

Everything is harder when we are running on little sleep, so it is important to get quality sleep every night.

4. Spend time with friends and family

Take the time to spend time with friends as family as they can help take your mind off of the every day routine and make you feel better overall.

5. Spend time in nature

Spending time in nature allows us to refocus, relax, and get away from technology and other collaborative means of staying “connected” to everything.

6. Focus on spirituality

Whether through organized religion, star-gazing, meditating or simply time spent contemplating life, give yourself a chance to stop and think about topics beyond the daily routine.

7. Be involved with your community

Helping others helps us feel better about ourselves.

How to Write a Daily “Done” List


With our busy lives being ruled by never-ending to-do lists, it’s hard to feel a sense of satisfaction when completing one task so that another can take its place. This is where a “done” list (from this article) containing everything you have completed comes into action. “Writing down what you get done focuses you on accomplishments and progress. You use your history to bring you forward,”.  By writing a “done” list, we get a sense of accomplishment which leads to motivation. Studies have shown that making headway on meaningful work brightens a person’s inner work life and boosts long-term progress.

The greatest thing about a done list is that it can capture much more of your daily activities than any to-do list can. All of the meeting progress, phone calls and emails that lead to decisions or prompt immediate action can be added to your done list. It’s perfect for those days when you’re running around all day, talking to people, making calls, responding to e-mails and filling out paperwork, and you get home and you’re completely exhausted and you say to yourself, ‘What … did I actually get done today?’.

A done list can be completed individually or in teams and tasks can be marked one-by-one or all at once. However, the most important part of the done list is the reflection. By keeping just a running list, you don’t get a higher-level understanding of what you have accomplished.

Business Man With Checkboxes

Here is what you should think about during you reflection:

1. What did I get done today?

This can include not only large tasks but all of the small ones as well.

2. What did I make progress on today?

Even on the most frustrating days, there is always something that has been made progress on.

3. What stood out today and how did it make me feel?

Our emotions get left out of discussions on productivity, so we want to add them to the reflection as we can start to see trends in what actions link to certain emotions.

4. What did I do today that I especially want to remember tomorrow?

This is great for achieving goals and making progress.

5. How can I turn negatives into progress tomorrow?

We all encounter setbacks and errors, so it is important for us to learn from these and look at them as experience rather than negativity.

6. What good have I done today?

This question should brush away negative feelings and leave you feeling positive about what you have accomplished.

Benefits of Stocking Up Your Breakroom


Finding it hard to stay energized and productive at work? Feeling tired and overworked? Breakrooms are meant to encourage a physical and mental break from a stressful workday. Stocking up your breakroom can help boost you and your coworkers’ performance in the long run. Here’s how:

 Fosters Healthy and Happy Employees 

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Stocking up the breakroom encourages mental breaks when you and your co-workers feel stressed out. Whole foods such as fruit and vegetables help nourish your body by providing the natural fuels it needs to take on the workday. Studies have revealed that people who maintain healthier eating habits are less likely to suffer from mood disorders and depression in the long run.

Boosts Morale and Productivity

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The foods we eat have a large impact on our productivity. When you eat food, your body converts it into glucose, your brain’s largest source of energy; the fuel you burn over the course of the day. You’ve likely experienced a slump at work where you were hungry and were less productive- this was likely because you didn’t have enough energy to power you through the day. Having the extra boost of food energy helps increase your mood and overall performance.

Encourages A Strong Workplace Culturefood fist Most office employees spend more time alone at their desk during the day than with coworkers. Stocking up the breakroom empowers employees to come together to converse and brainstorm with people they may not have otherwise. In the long-run, building a strong company culture fosters innovation and new ideas, creating a strong competitive advantage.

A well-stocked breakroom helps create an environment where you and your coworkers will feel refreshed, energized and ready to take on any workday.