Building a creative, comfortable and organised working space may inject a little feel-good factor into your job, reports Pamela Marker. Here are three tips to make returning to work less stressful:
The first month or two back at work is going to be busy. It's a shock to your system if you've been lucky enough to have had a long break, however you should realise that it's going to take time to get back into the swing of things. "Plan your work realistically as possible and pace yourself,' says Lorraine Gardner Wood, programme manager at ACC New Zealand. "Accept to start with, there may be a lot of work that needs doing, but you can only do so much at once," says Gardner Wood. "It's easy to panic and become anxious during these times. "Work smart, not long – and ensure you take regular breaks throughout the day. Your body and brain need regular breaks in between episodes of work." It might also be a good idea to speak up − let your supervisor know if you’re feeling overwhelmed. You're not alone and he or she should be most willing to work with you at a pace that's healthy for you.
One of the key elements to having a more enjoyable and stress-free workplace is to be organised. "Take some time to de-clutter your workspace," says Wendy Davie from the Christchurch professional organising service Totally Organised. "If you start your day looking at a pile of papers and mess, you are less likely to be productive and will begin your day on the back foot. If you begin your day in an orderly and usable workspace, you will feel better and will get more done as you will spend less time looking for lost or misplaced items." This year, try to begin each working day by spending five minutes in planning mode. "Have a quick reconciliation of what you need to get done, the meetings you need to attend and calls you need to make. Set aside time for these activities and stick to your plan," Davie suggests.
On the move
Making the most of your lunch break to do exercise is fantastic for relieving stress, boosting happiness and increasing your job productivity. "Going for a walk, jog or gym session during lunchtime provides a great afternoon pick-me-up," says Auckland personal trainer Ange Norton. "Your body will feel the benefits from burning those calories, plus the endorphins released during exercise will lift your mood. If you're not keen to go it alone, start up a walking or jogging group with your colleagues to make sure you stay motivated. And if you're too busy to get away during your lunch break, sneak your exercise in on the way to work. Start your day by cycling or walking to work, getting off the bus a few stops early or taking the stairs rather than the lift."
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