Bae 5 Tracker

How to avoid stress in the warehouse

How To Avoid Stress In The WarehouseWorking in a warehouse can be stressful at times. The hours can be grueling. The labor is tedious and strenuous. The pressure to meet deadlines and goals can be demanding.

During the holiday season the workplace is extra busy. The demand to get things done is greater and this can lead to more stress around normal job duties. To add to the work stress, the hustle and bustle of the holidays often means home life feels like work too. It can really all pile up.

If you are feeling overwhelmed during the holiday season (or not), you are not alone. Here are a few statistics from The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), obtained from the OSHA website:

Here are some tried and true strategies that some of our warehouse managers and workers use to manage stress in the workplace. Use these tips on how to avoid stress in the warehouse this holiday season:

1. Take a mental break

Relax. One thing that works for increasing performance in the warehouse is to take a deep breath in for five seconds and breathe out for five seconds. Repeat this for one minute. Focus on nothing but your breath. This is good for clearing your mind. It is a technique that has been practiced for thousands of years. It’s something your wife might do in yoga on Tuesday nights.

2. Take an actual break

“I don’t have time to take a break.” False. We have all said it, but it has been proven that when a person refuses to take a break, they become less productive than if they were to take a break. Go outside and get some fresh air. Sit down and enjoy some food. Refresh and re-energize for 30 minutes or 60 minutes and try not to think about work.

3. Think before reacting

Sometimes when stress builds up so much it causes our lizard brains to take over and do or say something we might regret later. Take a second and think about your next action before you accidentally cause unneeded stress.

4. Prioritize your priorities

You have a million things to do but are you doing what is more important first? Write down a list of the things you need to accomplish. What needs to be done first? Start by writing down what project will take the longest to complete. Once you knock that out of the way the little projects will feel like a breeze. It is also important to stick to one task at a time. Although multi-tasking may seem over productive, sometimes it can be counterproductive.

5. Get enough sleep at night

According to the National Sleep Foundation, when a person has severe sleep loss, the immune system is greatly affected. This study also showed that physical stress mirrors the results of sleep deprivation. Try to add a few extra ‘z’s to your nightly routine to get a daily fresh start.