Tackle That Excess Stress in the Workplace
Taylor Susewitz, Reseat 2022

Tackle That Excess Stress in the Workplace

It’s really easy to get stressed out in the work environment. Believe us, we know. 

When the Reseat platform was still in the beginning stages of being fabricated, many hurdles were faced; many foreseen, but many abruptly thrown in our path. 

In a survey of full-time employees ranging in age from 18-79, more than half of those employees mentioned being stressed for more than half of their week.

Developing healthy mechanisms and taking advantage of the existing resources that surround you to aim at minimizing the stress thrown at you by day-to-day life, however, will be your friend. 

Deadlines, miscommunication, working overtime: these are just some potential factors out of many that may be driving your stress. Personal life outside of the work environment may also propel your state of being overwhelmed. Fun stuff, right?

Life happens, and sometimes its adversities stand as a menace to your productivity, and that is okay.

What’s important is making sure that we know some of the basics to achieving a clearer mind.

Privacy Booths

First introduced in the 1960s, the open office layout has been adopted by over 70% of American offices. This layout is great for increasing collaboration, productivity, and a sense of overall community with your coworkers. 

The downsides? They sure do limit your privacy. They also are in direct correlation with 62% more sick days amongst the general open office workspace. That truly does say something about its effect on employees’ general health in this environment. 

There’s a brief solution, however: Many open office layouts offer privacy booths scattered throughout the space. 

These are truly a gift to the general workforce; by providing a private and secure space that carves out an opportunity for you to decompress, you can immensely minimize your stress levels. 

Privacy booths aren’t only for decompressing, though. They are a great place to take personal calls or have any other conversation you wish to remain private. Maintaining the benefits of the open office concept while also dedicating a space for employees to decompress and retain privacy is a fantastic byproduct of these booths.

Get Organized

We lose track, it happens. 

Keeping schedules, sorting, filing, and maintaining those practices are an absolute lifesaver, however. If you’re a naturally disorganized person, that’s okay! Minimizing stress can be achieved through maintaining healthy organizational habits, though. 

Personally, I like to keep a physical planner on me. As a kinesthetic learner, writing down what it is that needs to be done helps me stay on track and reinforces exactly what my priorities are. 

Establishing priorities is also a way for you to keep organized! When we take on too much at one time, especially scattering in low-priority tasks between the vital ones, we can lose our sense of what really needs to be tended to. 

Practicing organizational habits, however, can truly be a game changer and keep those stressful moments to a minimum

Be Mindful

This is one of my personal favorites. 

I will admit, it’s pretty difficult to get into the habit, but the more you engage in being mindful, the easier it becomes to identify your stress triggers and react accordingly. 

Mindfulness looks like this:

Say you have multiple deadlines approaching, each one consuming copious amounts of time. After you’ve established your priorities and taken your breather in the privacy booth (heck, you could even devote your privacy booth to mindfulness), you take a minute to identify the root of your stress.

Maybe it’s the overall pressure you feel to perform, the time crunch, or the external elements surrounding your personal life. Regardless of the root, take a minute to breathe with intent. 

That means breathing in deeply through the nose, and exhaling slowly through the mouth with the intent of releasing the built-up tension in your chest. 

It feels better, doesn’t it? 

As you breathe, remain cognizant of where you are in the moment. In doing so, your priorities can come to you clearer while in the state of being overwhelmed.