Four Ways To De-stress Your Work Day

Tags: , , ,

Today’s fast-paced and exciting world can also be a stressful one. Your inbox is overflowing, your phone is ringing, deadlines are looming, and you feel that familiar tense feeling in your shoulders. Given that so many of us spend hours on end looking at computer screens, the importance of taking a moment for yourself and implementing activities to de-stress your day is more important now than ever before. If you find yourself distracted at work, or you are slowly losing movement in your neck, here are four simple tips on how to decrease stress and increase productivity in your workplace.

Learn to breathe

We breathe on average 20,000 times a day, but are we doing it correctly? Learning focused breathing exercises and being mindful about our breathing is a key element to stress reduction. The best part of breathing exercises is that they are simple, free, and require no equipment.

The next time you are faced with a stressful situation, follow these simple steps:

  1. Take a long, slow breath through your nose, first filling your lower lungs, then your upper lungs.
  2. Hold your breath to the count of “three”.
  3. Exhale slowly through pursed lips, while relaxing the muscles in your face, jaw and shoulders.

Give yourself credit

We often don’t take the time to praise ourselves for doing a good job. Whether you have smashed that fitness goal, landed that contract, or crossed some items off your to-do list, it’s important to acknowledge and celebrate your successes, no matter how small. Take a moment to share your victories with a co-worker! It will boost your confidence and give you the drive to keep a positive mindset in a stressful workplace.

Stretching is key

Working at a desk all day can be taxing on both your body and mind. If desk work is an unavoidable part of your job, it is important to incorporate a stretching routine to relax the muscles and sooth the mind.

Try this “Deskercise” routine the next time you find yourself needing a bit of TLC:

  1. Raise your shoulders up towards your ears while keeping your neck and head still, hold for five seconds and relax, repeat.
  2. Lower your head to one side and gently rock to the other side, tucking the chin to the chest. Relax, repeat.
  3. Hold the seat of your chair and extend your legs out in front of you. Point and flex your toes five times. Relax, repeat.

Don’t be scared of snacking

Snacks don’t have to be a bad thing. Having a variety of healthy snacks at your desk will fuel you to get through a busy day. Going for more than a few hours without anything to eat causes blood sugar levels to drop, making you lethargic and more prone to stress. Steer clear of high sugar treats and reach for a bag of mixed nuts or some fresh fruit. You’ll be in a better mood, your stomach will be happy and your productivity levels will be through the roof!

It’s hard to see it on a busy day, but it’s important to never underestimate the value of a quick break. Whether it’s a 10 minute lunchtime stroll, a quick office stretching session or an after-work workout, we encourage everyone to take a moment to unwind during the week.

What are your tips on lowering your stress levels? Let us know your tips in the comments below.