Planning for the next deadlines can be stressful, especially if you are planning for MTD, amongst all the other deadlines. We like to share with you our top stress-free tips that keep you.. ‘calm before the storm’. These are quick and easy to implement into your work place so you and your staff reduce the late night working, reduce stress levels and still meet your deadlines.
Don’t skip lunch!
Easier said than done, but being busy is no excuse to skip meals during your day. Research shows that getting out of the office for fresh air or simply moving away from your computer screen is more productive. Research has also shown that the usual suspects, alcohol, rich food, caffeine, processed food can all contribute to increased stress levels. As the saying goes, everything in moderation. Therefore, fill up on the highly nutritious, non-processed sugar type foods before enjoying a little bit of what you fancy. After all, vitamin ‘pleasure’ is an important way to reduce your stress levels.
Have a support team to lean upon
Your support team is there for the good and bad times. The right make up of a support team will differ for each individual. However, it is likely to contain support for your home life, an external mentor/coach, as well as people you can trust within your firm. As the old BT advert used to go, it’s good to talk. So make sure you take the time to check in with your support team and vent any frustration out to ensure you are not bottling up your stress and angst.
Increase your general level of activity
I know, at this time of you, you can feel like you are chained to your desk. However, the human body is designed for physical activity. We were designed to often walk more than 10km a day to forage for food and water. Would you be able to walk that distance now? Physical activity, as well as being a great stress reduction tool, is vital for our mental wellbeing and stamina – get pumping!
Plan in advance your contractors
If you aren’t already outsourcing or using subcontractors to do the work, it may be beneficial to start doing so. Contractors such as outsourcers, softwares’, specialist, recruitment etc are here to assist you during these periods. With only 9 months to go before MTD takes effect we need to ensure you are digital ready.