You went at your workplace in high spirits, excited to face another challenging day. However, what greeted you was a barrage of client complaints when you opened your email.
Then you just found out that one of your employees is absent from work, who had a very important deadline to finish today. And to top these off, your internet didn’t spare you any luck with its intermittent and turtle speed connection.
Blood came rushing through your veins. And when you’re trying to cool your head down, you headed to the pantry to drink a cup of coffee, but someone had already used up your coffee creamer you kept at the fridge. It’s just the start of your day, and you feel like you’re already spent and wasted.
Can you somehow relate to any of these scenarios? Indeed, the workplace harbors a lot of stressors – big or small.
Though everybody hates stress, having a bit of stress can be a positive thing. Based on the Huffington Post article of Dr John Whyte, stress can have numerous benefits for the body and mind, such as improving your memory and boosting your immune system. However, when there’s too much stress for you to handle, it can lead to emotional and physical illness.
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Now, to free yourself from the tight grip of stress when it grabs a hold of you at your workplace desk, try the following stress management tips:
1. Do yoga.
Yoga is a popular method of reducing stress. It improves your health, makes any pain go away and keeps sickness at bay.
Now, you don’t need to bring a yoga mat and do super difficult yoga poses at your workplace when stress attacks.
We have asked Karen Fabian, founder of Bare Bones Yoga, on what might be the possible yoga stretches that one can easily do at an office, and she shared with us this video:
The above video belongs to Karen’s “Move Smarter” segment wherein she provides information about healthy movement and some of the anatomy behind it.
In this video, Karen explains the importance of the wellness of the upper body and demonstrates simple shoulder stretches that you can do whenever your shoulder muscles experience stiffness or tightness due to long hours of sitting and hunching in front of your computer.
For other office stretches that are great for relieving stress, you can follow the yoga poses in this video.
2. Take a brief walk.
One of the easiest and fastest ways to reduce stress is to take a walk. When everything seems to overwhelm you, use your 15-minute break as an opportunity to break away from your office cubicle. Stand up, go to the bathroom, or go outside of your office to buy something.
Based on the article of Carthage Buckley, going for walks lets your brain to recover from lots of focus and helps you to come up with creative ideas.
Aside from these, Buckley gives five more benefits of walking such as:
- Increased resilience – Walking improves fitness and strength.
- Thinking time – Walking lets you to contemplate on things more thoroughly.
- Emotional management – Motion such as walking helps you adopt a more positive mindset.
- Time out – Walking gives you the chance to have a screen break.
- Talking a walk is NEAT (non-exercise activated thermogenesis) – Walking helps you increase your metabolism.
3. Drink a glass of water.
I know some people drink tea or coffee to calm their nerves, but water might be actually better. Drinking tea or coffee might dehydrate your body because of their caffeine content.
According to this WebMD article of Gina Shaw, people under stress are also prone to dehydration. And when you are dehydrated, your stress level will increase since a dehydrated body will produce more of cortisol, one of the body’s stress hormones.
So if you are stressed about something, don’t forget to drink lots of fluid, especially water. Because if you don’t, you will just be adding a ton of stress to yourself due to dehydration.
4. Tidy up your desk.
I feel more stressed when my table is a mess. How about you? Though there are some who work comfortably better with a messy office cubicle, you may find it awfully nice that it is actually more stress relieving when you have a clean desk.
You don’t have to have a spic-and-span office desk where there is zero dust visibility. Arranging your stuff on your desk on a neat manner would already do. Grab your tumbled books and arranged them in a neat line, or throw any crumpled paper or empty snack wrapper at the trash bin.
You’ll find that it will be easier to work on a desk with enough space and less clutter around. Tidying up will also give you the opportunity to do a different thing aside from work.
5. Chew a gum.
When you’re stressed at work, you’ll mostly find that your jaw is stiff due to the pressure that you’re feeling. And you can solve this problem by chewing a gum.
Based on this Live Strong article of Barb Nefer, gum chewing is an inexpensive and readily available way of bringing down stress levels since it reduces the amount of cortisol hormones in the body. When the cortisol hormones are lessened, the body will feel more alert and less stressed.
So if by any chance you can’t take a walk or do simple yoga stretches, chewing a gum will be an easier option.
6. Reduce stress by swearing.
Yea, I’m not kidding. You can reduce stress by swearing.
Based on Lim Kairen’s Lifehack article, swearing can reduce pain and serves as a way to manage your emotions. It can be even used in meditation.
However, don’t overdo swearing or you might get into more trouble. According to Kairen’s article, use only the swear word in a novel sense where people may find it shocking yet funny at the same time.
Which among these stress relieving methods is your go-to remedy? Share us your thoughts on the comment box below.