5 ways to relieve stress at work; when deep breathing just isn't enough.
Do you experience symptoms such as anxiety, depression, sleeping difficulties, and a drop in work performance? Work-related stress can be caused by long hours, a heavy workload, job insecurity and conflicts with co-workers or bosses. Stress affects not only the health of the suffering employee, but also in the productivity of the business as a whole. There are 5 simple ways to relieve stress at work that won't take up too much time.
Write an e-mail with no recipient.
When you have a conflict with a co-worker, or your boss, the best relief of stress and anger is venting about it. I usually call my best friend or my mom just so I can calm down after something dramatic. Unfortunately, using your phone is frowned upon in the work place; and someone is bound to hear you. Write an e-mail not addressed to anyone and only type your anger away in the body of the message. Your boss will think you're working hard and your coworkers won't notice the difference between a regular work e-mail. Simply delete when finished.
Watch a quick, funny video.
Research suggests that laughter relieves stress by initiating and then abruptly cooling down your stress responses. What’s more, simply anticipating a laugh can have powerful stress-relieving effects. There are so many videos on-line nowadays, it's almost impossible not to find something for everyone's sense of humor. Ifunny is an app that has crazy and creative memes. YouTube, in my opinion, has the best prank videos. There are also many pranks stitched into one, maximizing your laugh per minute.
Go for a walk outside during your lunch hour.
According to the New York Times, a new study finds that even gentle lunchtime strolls can perceptibly - and immediately - buoy people's moods and ability to handle stress at work. The news isn't new that with regular exercise, people tend to be more calm, alert, and happy than inactive people. A change of scenery can also boost your creativity or help you solve a problem you were working on this morning. Overall, experience a physical pick-me-up by taking a breath of fresh air.
Limit coffee and drink more tea.
Tea has caffeine and can still give you the boost in the morning you crave. Coffee contains 60 mg of caffeine more than most caffeinated teas. You could have 3-4 cups of tea a day and your caffeine level would be equal to one cup of coffee. At the very least, tea is a flavorful way of getting enough fluid into your body each day. On top of that, studies have shown teas can help protect your teeth and heart, as well as possibly even helping to stave off cancer.
Stretch at your desk.
Desks do a lot for us; holding our computers and collecting clutters of paper, but they also have a dark side. Like most people who have a desk job, you could be suffering from pain in your neck, shoulders, back, or hips. To stretch your spine, chest, and neck; sit on your chair sideways so that your shoulders and back are perpendicular to the back of the chair. Sit up straight, place your feet on the ground and place your hands on the back of the chair. Using your arms, twist, pulling yourself toward the chair. Switch the side of the chair you’re sitting on and repeat.
Remember to take care of yourself. Sometimes you get so busy taking care of others that you forget you're important too. Carve out and claim the time to care for yourself.