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10 Ways To Lower Your Work Stress

What’s causing the stress? More than 80% of respondents said they’re stressed at work because they’re missing out on time at home, the survey found. Another 52% said they work overtime, and 47% said they work on non-required weekends. Other complaints run the gamut, from complicated work to long hours to tough deadlines.

Crank up the music. “When projects start to pile up and I panic about which one to start first, I take a break and open up Spotify,” says Megan Frisina, 26, who lives in Cleveland, OH. “I put my headphones on and listen to a song or two while sipping some coffee or tea and avoid my computer screen. Then I’m ready to start.”

Find your inner Buddha. “Practicing mindfulness is a great way to help relieve stress,” says Maura Thomas, founder of and author of Personal Productivity Secrets.

Take lunch. When’s the last time you ate lunch away from your desk? “Lunch means more than fueling ourselves for the rest of our hectic afternoon,” says Jacqueline Lewis, founder of the World Gratitude Map.

Enforce some boundaries. It’s easy to let work infringe on your personal time with email and constant digital check-ins.

Break for a hobby. “When I get stressed during the day, I play piano,” says Gene Caballero, co-founder of lawn care site GreenPal.

Get moving. “I started learning Tai Chi about 12 years ago and have gotten progressively addicted over the years,” says Paige Arnof-Fenn, 51, who lives in Cambridge, MA.

Think of the good things. “Make a daily gratitude list by writing down 10 things you are grateful for,” says Kimberly Hershenson, a therapist in New York City.

Breathe. “Deep breathing is the most powerful exercise you can integrate daily into your workday,” says Michael Tamez, a lifestyle coach and wellness blogger.

Take your vacation. U.S. employees are letting an average of four vacation days sit unused each year, but mental breaks are important for your sanity.

Reframe your stressors. Sometimes it’s all in how you think about it.

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