How to De-Stress While You Work

It’s 8am, no birds are chirping at your window, the sound of your alarm is haunting you at a distance and all you can do is look at the clock grudgingly while throwing the covers over your face. You’ve hit the snooze button about three times now and know that if you close your eyes one more time, you might as well just call it a day. It’s time to get up and get going, but these days the stress that accompanies being a busy business owner hard at work has really got you dragging yourself to the office. We’ve all been there. Stress happens.

And we’re here to tell you, that you’ll be ok. Because we’ve compiled a list of things you can do on a quick 10 minute break that will lower your angst and empower you to do remarkable things, like creating your own website.

Check out our favorite 5 ways to de-stress at work:

01. Go for a short walk

Take a stroll outside and breath in that fresh air goodness. Remembering that there is life outside the office walls will help to ground you and to release the pressure you place on your work. What’s better is that when you don’t put so much pressure on your job, you can actually relax and work gracefully. Walking also releases your feel good endorphins to calm down your nerves and relax your mind. There’s nothing like connecting with nature and feeling the sun on your skin to boost your mood – even if it’s just for a couple of minutes.

02. Declutter your workspace

A cluttered space is a cluttered mind. Simplify, beautify, and re-energize your space. Create new energy by rearranging items and making them aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Remove any old post it notes that have been lingering around and erase any reminders on your dry erase boards that are no longer relevant. Dust off, wipe down and put things back to their designated space and throw away or store anything that you do not need. You can even invite the healing properties of nature into your workspace by adding flowers, plants, or succulents to your area. The goal here is to look at your desk and feel relaxed and at ease.

03. Give your body a stretch

All the stress can make your body so tense and rigid. And what’s the opposite of tense and rigid? Flexible. It’s truly a metaphor for life. When you’re rigid and stiff, everything can throw you off center and create unbalance in your life. So try your best to give your body a nice five minute stretch to release that tension. While seated comfortably at your desk, create some space to do some neck and shoulder rolls. Take your right ear to your right shoulder, pull your chin into your chest, left ear to left shoulder, and then roll your neck all the way around. For your shoulders, sit up nice and tall. As you inhale roll your shoulders up to your ears and then exhale to roll your shoulders down and away. Most tension lives in the shoulder and the neck and by doing these simple stretches you’ll feel physically more relaxed.

04. Reorganize your emails

If the first thing you see when you open your work computer is a mailbox filled with unread emails, you may just be setting yourself up for failure. Your inbox can actually be a huge factor in your stress levels at work. It’s important to take the time to organize your emails and get a handle on the information being sent to you everyday. You don’t want to continuously look at your inbox as this will only build up your anxiety. Instead, set aside time to go through your emails and make sure that by the time you are done your inbox is at 0. Also, take this time to unsubscribe from any newsletters you do not read and any email groups that you do not need to be a part of. You will be surprised at how a little organization goes a long way.

05. Listen to music

​Drown out the world and enjoy the happiness that comes from listening to your favorite tunes. If you’re feeling overly anxious and jittery, play music that is calming and soothing. In fact, numerous studies have shown that relaxing music significantly decreases cortisol levels (a steroid hormone that regulates your bodies response to stress and danger). For an extra mood-boosting kick, tap and sing along to upbeat music that puts you in the groove.

article by Carla Almandoz

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