We all get stressed from time to time and the option of merely escaping isn’t always there but there are things we can do to help reduce the levels whilst at work.
- Take a walk
We all know that regular exercise helps to reduce stress so take a brisk walk for 10 minutes during your lunch break.
- Keep the desk clean
Research has proven that having too many items in our visual field can dramatically decrease production levels. It is also a good reason to have a clear out of all those files and cups.
Create a playlist for when you perform tasks. Studies have shown that listening to music can increase motivation levels. For example, upbeat music can be energizing whilst slower tracks allow time for detailed thinking.
- Remind yourself why
During the daily stressors of working life, we forget why we are even doing this job. Take a moment to think of your goals and reasoning behind choosing this position.
Several studies have shown that having a plant/s in your working area decreases stress, environmental toxins, and anxiety.
- Breath and stretch
Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to the brain and stimulates the body. Tension is often felt in muscles causing pain. Try tensing and relaxing them and moving around your environment.
- Hydration and nutrition
Sure, the coffee keeps you going but it also can be dehydrating so make sure you have fresh water between those cups. Also, ensure you have plenty of healthy snacks close by to prevent filling up on sugar which can cause burnouts.
- Notice and act on stressors
Is there something really bugging you at work? Is the software or colour scheme sending your levels up? If so, talk to someone. Granted not all changes can be easily implemented but if the smaller things can be changed it would reduce the daily stress.
The Devon Clinic can help with reducing your stress levels, contact us today!