Let’s cut to the chase: being stressed flat out sucks. We’ve all been there, and it can put a damper on anyone’s productivity. The definition and triggers of stress vary for every individual and can be more drastic for some than others. Stress management, however, is a huge part of creating a healthy lifestyle, so it’s important to tap into your toolbox when you feel office stress building up . We came up with a bundle of our favorite, yet simple tactics that you can do to keep calm and…work on
1. Eat (and eat regularly)
Make it a habit of noshing on something small and healthy every 2 or so hours. We’ve said before and we’ll say again: think about your body as a vehicle and food as it’s fuel. If you fill your engine (body) with fuel (food) that’s good for you, we believe that your body will thank you. Trust that you’ll be happy when you can actually focus on the task at hand without your rumbling stomach distracting you. Plus, hanger is not a good look on anyone.
It’s something that we all mindlessly do, but allowing yourself to focus on your breath is a great office stress management tool. Center yourself by taking a deep breath in for 5 seconds, and slowly letting it out for another 5 seconds through your nose. This is a simple, yet effective way, to reset your mind in just seconds.
3. Jam out
What better way to motivate yourself than by rocking out to your favorite music. Whether you toss in headphones or plug in some speakers, there’s something smile-worthy about listening to tunes you love.
4. Stay Hydrated
Drink as much water as you can throughout the day. Our bodies need water to function properly, so it’s not rocket science that office stress can creep up on you when you’re dehydrated and your organs aren’t running in tip top shape. Keep a bottle or cup of water at your desk and sip on it regularly.
Whoever said that laughter is the best medicine was not joking around. A little chuckle here and there does wonders for your mental and physical state. Laughter decreases some of the stress-inducing hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine so it makes sense that the more you laugh, the less you stress. Exchange jokes with your coworkers and work together to create a happy environment.
6. Check it off
Put together a to-do list and check off each task as you go. There’s something relieving about physically checking off a list. Here at LeanBox, we love the tool Wunderlist to help us keep check of our bucket lists.
7. Get up
Get your blood moving by taking a short 15 minute walk after lunch. If you can get outside and fulfill your Vitamin D quota for the day, do it. Not only will this help your body digest your food, but it will also reset your mind to tackle the afternoon with a clear head.
8. Picture this
Put up pictures of the people, places and things that make you happy around your office. If you have pictures that make you smile all around you, you’re less likely to feel stressed and more likely to feel inspired.
Create a conducive work environment where you are a part of a team. It’s important to feel like you are supported, as well as supporting your coworkers. Take the time to work together and you may be surprised how seemingly difficult tasks all of the sudden seem more manageable
10. Let it go
If you’re stuck on a project or there’s something on your mind that’s bothering you, try to let it go rather than let it build up. Focus your energy on something else and revisit the topic when you’ve had some time to wind down.
There are hundreds (ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration) of other ways to manage your stress and you may find that some work better for you than others. Test each of them and take note of what helps you maintain your inner zen.