Every employee has experienced work-related stress at some point. For some, it’s the ticking clock to save a patient’s life. For others, it’s the urgency to meet a deadline. Although some stress is beneficial, chronic stress can be detrimental to one’s physical and emotional health.

Several studies revealed that stress can cause physical symptoms like chest pain, increased blood pressure, upset stomach, and headaches. It can also deplete your energy.

Here are 4 simple ways to reduce stress in the workplace.

Avoid multitasking

Most people try to multitask to maximize their time and get more work done in a day. Several studies suggest that multitasking can make us less efficient and can put you under a great deal of stress.

Avoid multitasking if you want to get more done in less time. Try to focus on the task at hand and do one thing at a time. Turn off email notifications, turn your phone to silent mode, and close the door if you must.  Distractions can kill your productivity and results in a lot of wasted time.

Prioritize and organize

Do you find yourself constantly rushing? Is your workplace disorganized and cluttered? If yes, it may be the reason why you’re constantly stressed at work. Planning and ahead and organizing your workspace can help reduce your stress levels long term.

Your surroundings represent your level of consciousness. Clutter is a representation of stress. By being organized, you’ll be more efficient and productive at work. Knowing how to manage your time can also help alleviate stress. Planning ahead means getting to work on time and leaving the office on time.

Get enough rest

Sleep is a powerful stress reducer. But in today’s world, most people don’t get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can negatively affect your mood, judgment and decision-making. It can also make your more susceptible to stress.

Learning proper sleep hygiene can help you get a good night’s sleep. Turn off the light, as well as other electronic devices an hour before bed time. Even television emits blue light, which can trick your brain into thinking you should stay awake. Also, stick to a bed time routine. Going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday will help set your biorhythms and sleep/wake cycle properly.

Form positive relationships

Stress is everywhere at work. It is not uncommon to hear complaints about a colleague who is disrespectful or who is not motivated. Poor relationship with your colleagues often contributes to burnout, conflict, discomfort, and other dysfunction at work.

A lot of our time is spent at work. In fact, most people spend more time with their colleagues than with their family. Building positive relationships reduce stress at work. Try to remain non-confrontational or non-judgmental when speaking with your colleagues.