Do you feel stressed out or tense while at work? You’re not alone – 39 percent of workers feel stressed or tense at work, often sourcing from work stressors such as unclear job expectations, unrealistic demands, frequent change, and long hours. Try these simple strategies to feel a little more sane starting now.
Take a Walk: The next time you’re feeling stressed out, take a quick jaunt around the neighborhood to appreciate Washington’s beauty; a short five or 10-minute walk will do. Let the sights, sounds, smells sink in, allowing your senses to take over and mind to clear.
Treat Yourself: Nothing feels as good as a relaxing massage after a hard day’s work, and it’s great for more than just relaxation. Massage therapy lowers heart rate and blood pressure, relaxes muscles, and increases endorphins!
Stop Multi-tasking: Yes, you may have ten different things to do at once. No, multitasking is not helping you. Instead, assign every task a letter of the alphabet. A’s need prompt attention, B’s follow, and C’s can be pushed to another day if necessary. By assigning each task a letter, it’s easy to see what truly needs attention.
Laugh: According to Mayo Medical Clinic, laughter is exactly what the doctor ordered. Laughter has both short and long term benefits such as soothing tension, pain relief, and increased personal satisfaction. The next time you’re stressed, turn to a funny friend, movie, or joke to ail your stress.
Say No: Too many of us bite off more than we can chew when it comes to our workload. Rather than saying yes to every project or task, learn to say no. It helps reduce unnecessary stressors, helping you to work on things that are important to you, your company, or your team.
It’s important to keep our stress in check, especially at the office. How do you reduce stress during your weekday?