Ways to Reduce Stress at Work
Whether you are still in school, starting your career, or 15 years into your dream job, you will always experience stress. Stress in the workplace is common and hard to kick. Instead of worrying about a deadline or presentation, follow a few of these steps to help you de-stress during the day.
Breathe deeply for a few minutes at your desk. Turn off your phone ringer, any noises on your computer and any music. Close your eyes and take a deep inhale for 3 seconds, then exhale for 3 seconds. Don’t rush it, but enjoy the moment and clear your head for a few minutes. This is a great technique when you don’t have the time to run to yoga on your lunch break.
Take a walk away from your desk. If you work in a multi- story building, walk down a flight of stairs or two, and then back up. Or take a walk around the block, especially if it is a nice day out. Being able to clear your head for a few minutes, while increasing your heart rate will help you focus when you get back to your work.
Think happy and be happy. If you keep thinking negatively during the day about all of your deadlines and bad things going on in your day, chances are that your day will not get any better. However, if you can focus on getting one thing done at a time and having a mini-victory after it, your mood will definitely improve.
Cut out interruptions. If you receive many texts throughout the day, don’t feel obligated to respond to each one immediately after you receive it. Put your phone on silent, and when you take a break you can respond. The same goes for email. Put some time in your schedule every few hours to respond to messages. Just because someone walks over to your desk to talk does not mean you should abandon your task. Try closing the door if you are trying to hit a deadline so others can respect your time.
Author: Karen Boehm
Equilibrium IT Solutions, Inc.