Feeling stressed? Not enough hours in the day? You’re not alone. A few months ago, PR manager came in at number 5 on a CareerCast survey listing the most stressful jobs in America– PR jobs vary, but most certainly aren’t the lives of wining and dining that some imagine.
While unpredictable situations, crazy deadlines, and great client expectations play a role in our day-to-day stress, you can’t let it get the best of you! Here are some ways to unwind at work.
Get out. That’s right, go for a walk. While it’s hard to even think about leaving your desk on a busy day, sometimes the best thing you can do is step away and take a walk. Whether you head to a nearby Starbucks or just the building cafeteria, changing your physical surroundings can help clear your head and remind you that there’s a whole other world outside your work environment.
Manage your email. For me personally, there’s nothing more stress-inducing than a chaotic Inbox. At the end of each day try to spend some time sorting and filing the emails from the day. This helps with organization, and it’s a good way to make sure you didn’t miss an important note. Plus, you’ll start the next day in a calmer frame of mind.
Shout about it. Maybe you shouldn’t literally shout, but grab a co-worker with whom you feel comfortable and talk the problem out. Sharing client dilemmas, reporter struggles, and other daily problems with someone else helps relieve pressure.
Lighten up. It’s easy to take things too seriously. Instead of feeling down and out about a media hit that didn’t pan out or an event that hit some speed bumps, consider what went well, too.
Work out. Some people swear by evening workouts. Activity is a great way to vent your aggressions, and the more challenging your class or routine, the harder it is to let other worries creep in.
What are some of your tips for de-stressing at work?