THE end of the year is so close, yet still far enough away for us to have plenty left to do. We may be dreaming of our December holiday, but it is a good few weeks before we trade our business suits for swimsuits - and this means that stress is still present.
Kirsten Morgendaal, area director at Regus, has some advice on how to deal with stress at work:
Identify the causes of your stress. In a Regus survey most of the respondents agreed that the workplace was their primary source of stress rather than home - although the global financial crisis remained at the top of the list;
Work may be the main source of your stress, but most people are unlikely to be able to drop work to reduce their stress. However, it is often possible to change the way in which you work. Technology has made it easier for people to strike a much healthier home-work balance. In Regus research, six out of 10 respondents believed that more flexible working arrangements would be a desirable way to cut stress;
Find a way to make exercise part of your life. Whether you go for a short walk, do some stretching or breathing exercises or even just leave your desk for a short time, you will benefit from it. Exercise produces endorphins, which, as the body's natural opiates, boost a better mood;
The "always on and connected" capabilities of cellphones, tablets and laptops mean that we also do not shut down - ever! Many of us need to learn how to switch off our various devices and simply be for a while; and
You need to take a break. We all know we need to relax and recover, but we don't do it because we cannot find time in our busy schedules for it.
We need to find the time to wind down and make sure we do not use that time merely to do more of the things that stress us out.
*This article was first published in Sunday Times: Money & Careers