6 ways to De-Stress at work
It’s Monday, you haven’t had breakfast, your co-worker called in “sick”, and the tall stack of files on your desk is beginning to give you anxiety; you definitely to need to de-stress. Everyone can relate to work-induced stress but not everyone knows how to combat it. Here are six ways to de-stress, all from the comfort of your office chair.
Take a breather
There is much to be said about breathing.. well active breathing. Breathing, in general, is such a basic body mechanic we often forget we’re doing it. Active breathing, on the other hand, is thoughtfully taking the time and energy to contemplate your next breath before taking it. Taking an exaggerated deep breath is a tried and true method of self-calming that starts by easing the body and ends by stimulating the mind. You’d be surprised what three deep breaths could do for you in the middle of a hectic work day.
There’s nothing like music to unwind your worries and sedate the stress. Spotify curates several playlists for work weeks that make you feel like pulling your hair out. Music has a way of pausing everything that’s going on, giving you the time you need to refocus and reassess your work. If you’re feeling drained or tired consider a more upbeat playlist if work is making you frazzled choose a more relaxing genre.
Workspace Feng shui
Say it with me, clean workspace clean mind. Having an organized workspace is important, sometimes things seem stressful because they look stressful. Taking the time to clean off your desk can do wonders for your psyche. Simply by rearranging some files and trashing a few sticky notes, you’ll find yourself rejuvenated and ready to tackle your work.
Stretch your legs
This one is a no brainer, if you’re feeling stressed walk around and get those juices flowing. Light exercise, is a sure fire way to de-stress. Instead of your usual trip to the water cooler, step outside and do a few lunges or knee raises. Getting physical is a great distraction from work-related stress.
You’re not yourself when you’re hungry. Stress is often mistaken for hunger, when you’re solely focused on work, it’s no surprise you don’t notice the loud growling is coming from your stomach. Make sure you prioritize your snack breaks, even if it means setting reminders on your phone.
Off your head and on to paper
Lists should be your best friend. Stress is usually caused by the sheer amount of work you’re storing in your head, do yourself a favor and write it all down. Make a to-do list, by doing so your focus won’t be split trying to remember what you have to do while you’re actively trying to complete work.
Stress in the office is unavoidable, but it doesn’t have to be debilitating. Use our tips to de-stress and you’ll on your way to a more productive stress-free day.