5 Tips to decrease stress in the workplace now

By Ashley Stahl | Jul 28, 2021
Ashley Stahl | ACHNET

Burnout doesn’t just affect your work life—it can have a detrimental effect on your health, your personal relationships, and your family. It’s a particularly important topic in my world, as many of my clients have come to me after being hit by the burnout train.

Stress and burnout have become an epidemic in our society. In one study, 80% of respondents said they experience stress at work and need help managing it. A recent survey conducted by the American Psychological Association revealed that stress levels rose from one year to the next, with a sharp increase in those reporting that they experience extreme stress.

I was so inspired by Arianna Huffington’s intention to change this during a recent conversation I had with her about her new company, Thrive Global, which aims to eliminate stress and burnout by offering employers programs to help their workers improve their well-being and ultimately their job performance. The company uses science-based techniques

We could all use better mechanisms to cope with stress levels. Here are five easy steps you can take today to reduce the stress in your life and improve your wellbeing.

1. Get more sleep. Letting your busy schedule cut into your sleep time is completely counterproductive. Science has proven that adults need 7-9 hours of sleep nightly to function optimally. Meaning if you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re most likely not performing to your maximum potential at work. Getting too little sleep also has other serious consequences, including lack of judgment, increased likelihood of car accidents, and the development of chronic diseases like cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and depression.

Getting enough sleep is the cornerstone of Arianna’s approach to increased wellbeing. In fact, during our conversation, she said the most important piece of advice she would give to her younger self is, “Get enough sleep, and stop worrying.”

2.Eat better. Many of us tend to eat compulsively