Is your job demanding? Stress can account for 40% of all work-related illnesses and has remained a major issue in the global workforce.

Having the skills to be able to deal with pressure in a demanding position is a well sought after skill, but looking after your own wellbeing whilst doing so is something that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Here are some ideas that can help you to unwind, in order for you to rejuvenate and stay on top of your schedule :

Cut Down On Coffee & Smoking

Nicotine and Coffee are powerful stimulants which can cause high levels of anxiety and is the last thing you need to de-stress. If it is a must for you to get through the day try these healthy coffee recipes but do try and drink less. Where possible try to reduce smoking also and don’t become dependent on it as a stress relief method.

Have A Chat

The power of conversation is a great way to beat stress. Having a relaxing chat with a friend or colleague is a great way to unwind. It will also give you the chance to stretch your legs and gather your thoughts before you get back to your work pile.

Know Your Limits

We all aim to achieve our best at work, but we also have to be aware of our limits. Showing that you can handle pressure is an attractive attribute but don’t take on more than you can handle. Don’t be afraid to say no and certainly don’t be afraid to ask for help. You don’t want to completely burnout in the long run.

Unwind At Home

As tempting as it is to check emails at home, stop! Remember this is your time and it is a time to unwind. Set a limit on your working hours, switch off your emails and set aside time to relax. Instead, pick up a book or take a nice relaxing walk and really clear your head. A healthy work-life balance is vital.

Get Enough Rest

Give your body the sleep it needs which is at least seven to nine hours a night. Your stress levels will drop when you are well rested and you will be able to take on your job challenges with more composure.