February 7, 2021
Managing daily stress is important for both your physical and mental well-being. Did you know you can take steps to manage stress right from your desk?
Many people spend more time at their desk than anywhere else, especially in the COVID-19 world. This causes circulation to slow down and muscles to tense. Tack on the daily stressors of the workplace and your health could suffer.
Don't wait for stress to have a negative effect. Stay on top of stress to be your most productive and healthiest.
Breathe: 4, 7, 8
The 4-7-8 Breathe (also known as the Relaxing Breath) is the perfect, portable stress antidote. First, exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound. Then, close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of 4. Hold your breath for a count of 7. Finally, exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of 8. Repeat.
Take some short walking breaks. If you're in the office, get some water or to go to the copy machine. If you're working from home, take a short walk outside. Stand up when you’re on the phone occasionally, to use your muscles and release tension.
Take Eye Breaks
Having a visual resting spot is important. Look away from the computer and paperwork regularly and focus on distant objects. Special photos, an inspirational quote, or artwork at your desk can give your eyes and mind a break from work.
Nourish Your Body
Eating the right foods throughout the day can make a difference in how your body handles stress. Snacking on fruits, vegetables, and nuts are great ways to handle the demands of the day.
When your desk is covered with paperwork, it can feel overwhelming and contributes to stress. Order to your work space keeps you in control and ready to tackle the day.
When daily tasks pile up, stress levels rise to meet the increasing demands. Pausing to prioritize these tasks and let go of those that are less important, can be a powerful stress reducer.
Ask for Help
If the stress of the work day becomes too much, ask for help. Sometimes talking with someone about your stressors can make them more manageable.