Most everyone I speak to that get’s overwhelmed by the stress of work struggles with a few key issues. First, as I’ve said before, they don’t believe they deserve to be happy and stress free in the work place. This is the main obstacle to overcome because if you don’t feel you deserve to be in a positive work environment, then you won’t feel the fire to stand up for yourself and take the time to de-stress.
Now that you understand that you deserve to be in a positive work environment that encourages de-stressing, let’s focus on a few tips to help encourage that setting.
Rest. Sleep, take breaks, and enjoy vacations. Resting rejuvenates our ability to handle stressful situations. It also repairs our ability to make good decisions. If you aren’t well rested nothing else on this list will matter. Resting also means that you have to unplug from work. Trust me you will be way more productive in the hours you dedicate to your job than if you constantly check and answer emails.
Breathe. Taking a few moments a day to just empty your mind and breath can have huge benefits for de-stressing your body. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. If you mind wanders just bring it back to your breath. Even two minutes of breathing at a time can have huge benefits including higher focus, lower blood pressure, and more alert senses.
Talk. Take time out of your day to check in with other co-workers, managers, and even family or friends. Everyone needs to feel that their contributions are appreciated and that their effort matters. Being engaged in your social circles throughout the day will allow you to check in and verify you are doing good work.
Laugh. Don’t take yourself or your situation too serious. If you can learn to laugh at life, you will be more pleasurable to be around and have much less stress. I would also throw in that taking time to express yourself creatively fits in this category. You need to play as hard as you work to create balance in your life. In the end life is short, and there isn’t one person who cries out on their death bed that they should have put in a few more hours at work. When you take time to be your authentic self, your hours at work will be more productive because your will be more focused and more involved in what you are doing.
Replenish. When leaving work for lunch isn’t practical for productivity or your budget make sure you pack snacks that are healthy and high in protein. Here is a list of foods that pack a protein punch.
Hydrate. It sounds silly to remind adults to drink water, but how many of us actually an appropriate amount of water? Here’s a guide; drink half your body weight in ounces of water. Say you weigh 200lbs, you need to drink 100oz of water. Water is like gasoline for your metabolism and keeps your mood balanced. Sometimes our bodies will trick us into thinking we are hungry when we really just need to hydrate.
Move. Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. But exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits. It pumps up your endorphins. Physical activity helps bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Let’s also mention that sitting at your desk all day is really bad for your heart.