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College Is Hard Enough: How to Reduce On-The-Job Stress

Students are overwhelmed with studying, homework and living off a part time wage. Hear are some tips to reduce on-the-job stress.

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Sometimes work is just one of those things you don't want to deal with. Many students are employed at hotels, restaurants or other service industry firms. Work can be extremely stressful and effect other areas of your life. The numbers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (cdc.gov) can be staggering:

  • 40 percent of workers say their job is very stressful
  • 25 percent say their job is the number one stressor in their life
  • Job stress is more closely linked to health problems than finances or family issues.

So how can you limit problems at work from affecting the rest of your life? Follow these tips.

Exercise

One of the best ways to ease your burden of stress is to move around during the work day.

  • Get up and walk around the office every once and a while.
  • Use some time to focus on the now -- close your eyes and take deep breathes.
  • Eat lunch outside
  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Stretch

Set up a regular exercise program you can do away from the office. When you get off work go straight to the gym and get out all your aggression! This will help you relax at home during the night.

Organization

Your workplace stress can be eased by getting some control over your tasks. Are you getting swapped down with files? Is your productivity slipping? The more organized you can get the better you will be at accomplishing your goals. If you get stuff done you will feel better about yourself and better about work. (Plus, your boss might notice and give you a wage adjustment.)

Make Some Friends

Friendship is one of the best things for people. Laughter, talk and companionship will help you enjoy your time spent at work. So find somebody to swap email jokes or take out to lunch.

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