How do you get rid of feelings of stress throughout the workday?

Having a routine can be helpful at any time, particularly if you are trying to establish healthy work habits. Disruptions caused by the dramatic altering of of “normal” workplaces have caused people to feel stressed in their jobs. One way to get out of this cycle of stress is to maintain some structure and routine throughout your day.

“When people don’t have a routine or structure to their day it can cause increased stress and anxiety, as well as overwhelming feelings, lack of concentration, and focus.”

Rachel Goldman, PHD

Research has consistently shown that routines can play an important role in your workplace mental health. One study found that routines could help people better manage stress and anxiety. Having a regular routine can help you: lower stress levels form good daily habits take better care of your health feel more productive feel more focused

One helpful tool you can do is to make a list of work or even personal tasks you normally do throughout the day. Once you have an idea of the basic tasks you need to accomplish, you can start creating a general outline for what you might need to accomplish each day to stay on track. Stress can make it hard to concentrate, so outlining these daily activities can help you better focus on what’s most important.

Remember it takes time and practice. Just like trying to create a new habit, starting and sticking to a new routine takes some time and effort. You know yourself best, so if something doesn’t seem to be working, try tweaking your schedule to make it work for your needs. Pay attention to how you feel throughout the day in order to pinpoint the times of the day you are most productive. If you are feeling unmotivated and lethargic, that is a sign to take a mental break. Structure your day to make the most of the natural ebb and flow of your energy levels.