- Posted by David van Vuuren
- On March 28, 2019
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If you’ve pursued a career in digital marketing, you will know that agency life can be intense and stressful. Sure, it’s through the stress of delivering when we’re often at our most creative, but living that fast-paced, deadline driven lifestyle, 12-14 hours a day is enough to put anyone over the edge. It’s not sustainable and it doesn’t have to be this way.
Even in our team, stress levels can get high, but somehow our team still manages to stay cool and calm, without working until ungodly hours, yet still delivering daily for multiple international clients.
How do we deal with stress? Check out these 7 ways to soak up the pressure and beat the anxiety.
1. Get to know your co-workers
Taking the time to get to know your colleagues and actively participating in team activities is important for morale. Fast-paced work environments often feature teamwork. You’re all in it together and if one member of the team is having a super stressful day, the dynamic of the entire office is affected. As a team member, it’s your responsibility to make sure the people around you have the support they need and vice versa.
If you are working with others, try to understand their roles as well as your own responsibilities in relation to their positions to keep the team afloat during those high-pressure days.
2. Be prepared
Look, agency life can be fast paced but when we panic, we are prone to mistakes and we all know what that means – unhappy clients. How do you combat this? By taking some time to prepare.
By recognising the size of the task before setting a deadline, and establishing a mental plan before approaching the work, you will handle any hiccups much more easily.
Stress arises when we feel we don’t have enough time for the tasks at hand. You need to continually monitor yourself regarding time, giving yourself realistic deadlines.
3. Take a deep breath
Even the most intense work environments provide some amount of downtime. Use these breaks to relax, refocus and recoup to prepare for the next phase of your day. Our Community Manager, Chelsea, Head of Strategy, Kristen and our Digital Marketing Manager, Alisa all have one thing in common when it comes to dealing with stress; Taking a breather.
Practice deep breathing – take a minute, sit back in your chair, stretch and take a few deep breaths – breathing can really ground you when you feel overwhelmed.
If you need a break from the office, take a walk. Step away from the stressful environment for a few minutes to gain some perspective, breathe some fresh air and settle your mind for a bit.
4. Establish shortcuts
Once you become ‘one’ with the fast pace of agency life, why not look for ways you can successfully multi-task or shave off some time from regular tasks?
Finding ways to slow the busy nature of your work environment, even during those high-pressure days will help you become more efficient in your overall performance and free up some time to read a humorous article or check out your IG feed.
5. Meet with a friend
Sure, the coffee in the office does a job, but when you’re feeling stressed, sometimes the best thing is to step out and get yourself a proper cup at a café or deli. Treating yourself to something nice on a stressful day will work wonders for your mood.
Take some time out to de-stress by perhaps meeting with a friend for a good vent over a quick lunch. It’ll rejuvenate you and you’ll be ready for the second half of your day.
6. Try meditating
Pia, our SEO specialist says daily meditation is key to a less stressful life! Spending even a few minutes meditating can help to restore your calm and inner peace.
It’s as simple as getting up from your desk, putting in your earphones and sitting somewhere quiet for 10 minutes and following a guided meditation session for stress.
7. Start exercising
When your body feels good, so does your mind. Our two interns Dan and Charlie say that going for a jog in nature is the best way to beat anxiety and stress. Put your earphones in with your favourite tunes and block out the noise while exercising.
Being active is an incredible stress reliever, boosting your endorphins, which improves your ability to sleep and concentrate, and reduces anxiety and tension. No excuses – hit the road!
When it comes down to it, you are responsible for your own mental health and wellbeing, so, from now on, try to integrate some of the above methods for combating stress into your daily life.
At Deeply Digital, our approach is to not overload our team members. No working until midnight, no working tirelessly over weekends, no burnout.
We believe it is also the responsibility of the agency to create healthy pressure environments for their employees. Ask anyone who works here, all our values, processes and structures are centred around teamwork and helping one another – especially through the stressful times.