How to reduce stress and stay healthy in an inside sales job

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A job in inside sales can be very rewarding. However, the environment in which sales representatives must work is often stressful. Likewise, because inside sales representatives must spend most of their time sitting at a desk, staying healthy can also be difficult. Below are some tips inside sales representatives can follow to reduce stress and stay healthy while on-the-job.

Reducing Stress

Organize your workspace.

Organization can go a long way toward relieving stress. Keep your workspace as clean and clutter-free as possible to reduce your anxiety and promote productivity.

Set a realistic schedule.

Setting goals for yourself is an excellent way to increase your effectiveness as a salesperson. Develop a practical schedule for each day you spend on-the-job and follow it as closely as you can. Not only will you be more productive, but you will also experience less stress.

View stress as an ally, not an enemy.

Although you can take steps to reduce your stress at work, you will never be able to eliminate it entirely. However, a mild amount of stress can be positive in some cases. According to Time Magazine, people who saw stress as a beneficial, motivational force performed better at work and experienced fewer psychological symptoms than those who saw stress as debilitating.

Staying Healthy

Learn about office ergonomics.

One of the most common problems experienced by inside sales personnel is soreness and/or stiffness resulting from remaining in a seated position for most of the day. To reduce soreness and stiffness, make your workspace as ergonomic as possible by:

  • Using good posture.
  • Adjusting your chair height so that your feet rest comfortably on the floor.
  • Using a wrist rest.
  • Using a telephone headset.

Be active on your breaks.

As an inside salesperson, most of your day involves sitting in one place. Use your breaks as an opportunity to walk around, wake yourself up and burn some calories.

Bring a nutritious lunch.

One of the worst things you can do when you work a desk job is to eat a vending machine lunch or order fast food. Instead of settling for these quick, unhealthy alternatives, pack a nutritious lunch at home and bring it with you to work. If you work long shifts, consider bringing some healthy snacks as well.

Be healthy outside of work.

To improve your overall health, make sure that you continue to take care of yourself outside of the office as well. Eat a wholesome diet, exercise regularly and enjoy your favorite leisure activities to reduce stress and stay in shape.

Staying healthy while working on the phone.

Staying foruces on your daily goals can make you feel better with yourself and provide a sense of accomplishment. Since inside sales reps must spend much of their day on the telephone, using productivity tools and ergonomic tools. A good headset will avoid muscle cramps in your neck and keep your hands free for making notes in your CRM system. A sales dialing automation program can reduce the amount of time you take dialing the telephone and navigating voicemail trees. Pre-recording voicemail messages will also help you save time and have a better chance at making your monthly sales quota. That’s the best stress reducer!

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/in-depth/office-ergonomics/art-20046169

http://business.time.com/2014/01/22/5-scientifically-proven-ways-to-reduce-stress-at-work/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2013/03/20/12-ways-to-eliminate-stress-at-work/

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