Reducing Work Stress

Ah work. The one thing that helps pay for all the necessities (and then some extras) in life. But of course, with all of the responsibilities that come along with it comes stress.

I am literally the queen of work stress. I am always trying to make sure everything gets done on my shift so those coming in after me have less of a work load. Which is a bit ridiculous, seeing as they’re getting paid around the same I am to do the exact same thing. And yet they have less stress than me. So then it turns into a viscous cycle of stress and no stress and it feels like it’ll never end.

One thing that can help you if you’ve ever been in the same situation of a cycle of stress and non-stress is to delegate the tasks amongst you and your coworkers. This not only helps even out the playing field – sort of speak – but it also helps ensure that everyone is contributing. Because, let’s be honest, we all know (or have been) that person that does NOTHING in a group project and still gets credit. Bleurgh. So, don’t be THAT person please.

Break and lunch time are my favourite parts of my work day. Why? Because I am such a foodie. AND it’s the perfect opportunity to take a few minutes to gather your thoughts and take a few deep breaths. And, if you’re feeling more ambitious than I do most days, you can even go for a walk.

I’m not so much a ‘list’ person – I don’t usually make lists to remember stuff or to help me organize. But if you are one of those people, then one that’s awesome, but two make a list of all the tasks that you need to complete and then prioritse them. And as you complete each one, cross it off.

Stress sucks. And I wish I could write a quote about how to live a stress free life and be happy and what not but I’m literally not that creative. So, these tips should do.


Alex Newton is a nursing student and mental health advocate. She grew up in a small town and plans on moving to London, England one day and open up her own health practice. She has a cat named Maya who she adopted whilst going through some difficulties. She’s a daughter, sister, and warrior who enjoys a nice cuppa tea.

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