This non-stop work attitude can be a positive force, but over a prolonged period of time, can seriously affect your health.

But your work shouldn’t be harming your health and stress can be one of the most common drains on your well-being. With our few tips, you can take back your work environment and even improve your productivity.

Just say “no”

Sometimes it can be difficult to fit into a workplace, whether you’ve been there for one month or a few years. When climbing the corporate ladder, it’s tempting to take any opportunity to get some recognition.

But don’t agree to an extra assignment just to look good, especially if you’re already stressed. Stress is incredibly harmful to your physical and mental well-being. The best thing you can do as an employee is to preserve your health, and that starts with prioritizing your own assignments and time. It may be intimidating to decline extra work, especially from your boss, but if you do it politely and with confidence, it could work in your favor. Employers want to see individuals who can be realistic about their workload, and setting your limits will protect your health long term. A healthy employee is a productive employee.

Make your own work environment

Try suggesting smaller changes in the workspace to your boss that will benefit everyone’s workplace health.

  1. Start with a change in decor. Brighter colors in the workplace encourage a sense of productivity and happiness, while the usual monotones can often feel depressing to employees.
  2. Try creating quiet and collaborative zones. This allows employees to work together when needed without the fear of disturbing their cubicle mates. This reinforces healthy employee relationships, and also gives you the chance to take a break from your screen.
  3. If most of your colleagues usually eat at their desks, try inviting them to the break room. The physical separation between their workspace and the break room will allow them to relax without the constant threat of incoming emails. When you eventually return to your desk, your mind will be refreshed and more focused on the present task.

Making some of these changes or a few of your own will reduce stress and benefit your health.

Separate work life from home life

It’s true that your work can feel like another spouse, but it’s important to set boundaries on your time there. This can be even more difficult if you work from home, but it’s not impossible. While you’re in the office, whether that’s in your garage or a downtown building, dedicate yourself entirely to your assignments. Once you leave, take your mind off your work responsibilities from the day and don’t allow work to be at the forefront of your mind at home.

Stress from a demanding job is detrimental to your health. So don’t feel hesitant to communicate these boundaries to your colleagues and supervisors. They will respect your decision when you choose your health first. Learning to say “no” is the first step in saying, “yes” to bettering your physical and mental well-being.

January 14, 2016

Written by Bailey Morgan

Content Writer at Nutex Health, Inc

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