Are you feeling stressed at work? Can’t stop your mind from racing about all those projects and to do lists that aren’t getting done? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. According to the recent Attitudes in the American Workplace poll, about 80% of American workers feel some sort of stress at work, and nearly half say that they need help managing that stress. Here are just a few ways that you can relieve some of that stress and get back to work.
Listen to Calming Music. You’ve heard the saying, “music soothes the savage breast”, right? Well, it’s true. Listening to meditation-style music will help you clear your head and relieve some stress.
Go for a Walk. Sometimes, all we need is a short break from work. Take a few minutes to get up from your desk and, if possible, go outside and walk around the building. If that’s not feasible, just take a lap or two around the office floor or up the stairs. Your body will thank you for the break.
Phone a Friend. When I get stressed out, it helps me to talk it through with a friend. Just the ability to rant for a few minutes with someone you trust will take your stress down a notch or two. The added bonus is that person will provide the support that you need to get through the rest of your day! I don’t recommend you do it within earshot of your co-workers!
Take it Out on a Stress Ball. Seriously, there’s just something about squeezing a stress ball that does make you feel better. Especially if you are having deep dark thoughts about your coworker or someone else that ticked you off that day.
Give Yourself a Massage. Just the act of putting on hand lotion and massaging it into your hands will relieve some of your tension and stress. Or find an essential oil that will de-stress you. Lavender, Lemon and Orange oils are all known to relieve stress.
Laugh. They say laughter is the best medicine, and when it comes to stress, they are right. In fact, studies are starting to show that it may actually reduce your heart rate and blood pressure which relieves that feeling of tension. So go ahead and laugh!
Stress at work is unavoidable – but you can do a little something to reduce it throughout your day. The next time you feel stressed, try one of these techniques and let us know how it goes!
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