We’d all love to avoid stress at work but some workplace stress is inevitable. A looming deadline or a major shift in company structure is going to stress you out. However, there are some actions you can take to minimize the day-to-day stressors you face at work.

Find a friend

Having a work bestie can help you handle challenges and generally feel better at the office. Many people find it hard to make friends at work, but going out of your way to be friendly can help minimize your stress levels. A Gallup poll found that people with work friends are more engaged, produce better work, and are less likely to get hurt on the job. Now that’s a destressor.

Set boundaries

With modern technology it’s easy to feel like your job is nothing but answering text, phone, and email messages from your bosses, clients, coworkers, and vendors. The problem is, switching your attention from your work to deal with a “minor interruption” like an instant message can seriously derail your productivity. Dozens of these interruptions a day can leave you feeling stressed, overworked, and like you didn’t manage to get anything done.

If at all possible, claim a few hours every day to focus on the work. Turn off the ringer, silence the texts, and set status as “away” on IM. The world isn’t going to fall apart if you focus for 40 minutes. 

Personalize your space

If you’re staring at blank walls and piles of paperwork, of course you’re going to be stressed. Add a cat poster and a succulent plant and suddenly you’re feeling a lot calmer. Personalizing your office can help you feel more relaxed and at ease. Just don’t go overboard. Focus on function and minimize clutter so you can do your job. 

Leave work at work

The best thing you can do to avoid stress at work is to take time to unwind when you’re at home. Once again, technology can get in the way, making you feel like you never really leave work. After all, with a smartphone and a laptop you can work anywhere. Isn’t that nice? 

If you’re going to destress, you must unplug and relax. Watch your favorite TV show. Cook dinner or go out to eat. Hang out with your non-work friends. Paint, dance, read a book, do whatever makes you happy and relaxed. Work will still be there when you get back, but you’ll feel a lot better about it. 

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