Guest blogpost by The Creative Group. The Creative Group (TCG) specializes in connecting interactive, design, advertising, marketing and public relations talent with the best companies. More information can be found at roberthalf.com/creativegroup.
Looking to boost your career and your happiness? Finding effective ways to cope with on-the-job stress might be one of the most important skills you can cultivate. According to research from our parent company Robert Half and Happiness Works, creative and marketing professionals rank among the happiest of all workers surveyed. But every creative feels the pressure at some point. Here are five tips for dealing with stress at the office.
- Take a breather. Even if you work long hours, short breaks can offer big health benefits. Try setting an alarm to force yourself to get up from your desk. Go on a stroll, eat a healthy snack or chat with a coworker in the lunchroom.
- Practice mindfulness. Live (and work) in the moment. Mindfulness is about being actively attentive to your situation and your mental and physical responses to it. Adopt a few mindful approaches to help you remain calm and centered.
- Don’t skip vacation. Time off is needed to fully refresh and recalibrate your approach to the job. Make sure you completely disconnect to reap the full benefits – refrain from checking your email and focus on relaxing and recharging.
- Set some boundaries. Don’t constantly bring work home. If you feel pressure from your employer to be available 24/7, let your manager know that work-life balance is important to you and can help increase your creativity and productivity.
- Ask for help. If you’re toiling away and still feel buried in projects, don’t suffer in silence. Think of a few solutions to suggest to your manager, such as prioritizing projects or offloading some work to a freelancer.
For additional tips, visit the TCG Blog.