Consistent stress can take a toll on your emotional and physical health. There is often daily stress in the workplace. That’s why it’s important to have some techniques in place to help you activate your body’s natural relaxation response. Here are a few techniques to fit into your daily work schedule, to help reduce stress, increase energy levels, boost your mood, and possibly improve your overall health:
Practice Deep Breathing – This exercise can be done in your office, in your car, or in the staff lounge. All you need is a quiet, uninterrupted location to take some deep breaths. It will help clear your mind for more focused energy.
Listen to Music – If you have an office you can play music in, then do it. Put on some of your favorite music while you work. You’d be amazed at how relaxing it can make you, and productive too. Maybe even wear earbuds if you have nearby co-workers. Do whatever it takes to get you some well-deserved music time.
Use Essential Oils – Plug in a diffuser, add your favorite scent(s), and work away. You’ll find it very calming, and your office will smell amazing. Just make sure others don’t come into your space to relax, too.
Go for a Walk – Take some time (during a break or your lunch hour) and walk around the building, outside, or to a nearby park. Maybe listen to music while you walk. Don’t talk on the phone. Don’t go with a co-worker and talk about work. Just be with yourself and take in the surroundings. It will calm you and your nerves!
Use a Stress Ball – Yes, they actually do work. Squeezing a stress ball works out the tension in your muscles, relaxing you enough to continue on with your long day. And it’s something small you can use multiple times a day (sitting, walking, in meetings, etc).
Get Organized – Find time every day to free your desk from overwhelming, overcrowding clutter. Organizing your surroundings can improve your mood, allowing you to be relaxed and more productive.
CHALLENGE: Take time out this week to review and adjust your daily work calendar to make sure that you are taking care of yourself.