The COVID-19 pandemic has made life more stressful. It has changed the face of work and has caused many people to feel more stressed and burnt out in their jobs.

Whether you’re working in an office setting, working from home or you are one of the essential workers who are working hard to help people affected by the pandemic, there are a few things that you can do to help your life be much easier and to make yourself feel less stressed.

Below we are going to look at five things that you can do to help avoid stress and burnout in the workplace.

Begin Your Day Right

One of the best things that you can do to be less stressed at work is to begin your workday right. Make sure that you have looked at what you have to do for that day and make a plan for it. Doing this will put you on the right path and set the tone for your whole day.

You want to be organized and know the requirements for each task, so you do not do a job and then realize that you have done it incorrectly.

Stay Clear of Conflict

Something that can take a big toll on your emotional and physical health is interpersonal conflict. Conflict among your coworkers is often hard to escape, so you want to do all you can to avoid it altogether if possible.

Avoid gossip.  Do not share a lot of personal opinions about politics and religion, and do not become involved in the colorful humor that often happens in an office.

Avoid those who are not able to work well with others.  Even though you have tried to avoid it, if you find you are in the middle of conflict, try to put a positive light on the challenging work situation to help others gain a new perspective on how to work together. 

Walk During Lunch

It is a good idea to get out of the office during your lunch hour and take a walk. This will give you some fresh air and exercise, which is a great way to clear your head and renew your being. Exercise is an effective way to reduce stress.

Listen to Some Music

Music can help enormously to lighten your stress.  Listening to it during your commute is one way to help you relieve stress on the way to work and on the way home.  It is also an easy way to relieve stress at work.

Playing upbeat music while you are at work can make you feel more energized and can help you get ready for your day. Playing something more relaxing on the way home can help you wind down and destress.

You might also listen to a favorite book on your commute or while you are working.

No Multitasking

Multitasking used to be considered a great way to maximize productivity.  However, when people split their focus, often it does not work out well and can even cause adverse results. This means that it will not work well for most people. It is better to prepare a schedule in advance for certain tasks and do them in order of urgency.

These are five things that you can do to help avoid stress and burnout. While you are not going to be completely free of stress, these steps will help you reduce stress and make things much more manageable.