So let’s chat about a few, super easy stress-relief practices you can use during your workday to turn what could be a crappy day full of headaches to a beautiful day full of smiles.
1. Step Away From Your Desk
Take time throughout your day to step away from your desk. This is your time to disconnect and recharge. Perfect time to stop over to a co-worker and say “Hey”!
Reach your arms above your head and interlace your fingers, palms facing the ceiling. Allow your shoulders to drop away from your ears. Tip over slightly to your right and hold for about 5-10 seconds and then tip to the other side.
Find a stretch that feels good to you. Those office chairs can be a little brutal on your posture. A little stretching goes a long way.
3. Look Out the Window
If you’re lucky enough to have a desk/office with a window, look out of it. The window is like free cable. You can see all kinds of activities going on out there. Storms, Airplanes flying by, people interacting, cars, animals…I can go on for days.
Be careful not to fall into a daydreaming coma, though. People will find it odd that you’ve been staring out the window for over an hour.
4. Step Outside
If looking out the window just doesn’t cut it, try heading outside. Remove yourself completely from your desk and step across that barrier that separates the inside from the outside (no cell phones allowed).
This is a perfect way to spend your lunch. Enjoy the weather, sounds, nature and the feeling of being free from your desk. Even if just for a moment.
There are so many other ways to relieve stress during your workday. The key is to find something that works for you and go for it. If it works, then you just prevented a headache and gained a smile.
5. Deep Breathing
You likely don’t pay much attention to your breath. After all, you do it all day long and it’s completely automatic. But, becoming more aware of your breath, and performing a few deep breathing exercises can produce a natural relaxation response.
Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and helps promote a state of calmness.
It’s true what they say – laughter really is the best medicine. A hearty chuckle stimulates circulation and soothes tension, which relieves some of the physical symptoms of stress. Laughter also increases endorphins released by the brain and produces a relaxed feeling.
Talk to a co-worker with a hearty sense of humor or share a funny story. A willingness to laugh at yourself sometimes can also serve as a good reminder not to take life so seriously, which can do wonders for your stress level.
Practice Makes Perfect
Relaxation exercises take practice, so don’t give up right away if you don’t see immediate results. Practicing relaxation exercises regularly can train your brain and your body to react to stress differently. Over time, you’ll learn to quickly relieve your distress so you can prevent stress from hindering your performance.
What are your fave stress-relief practices when you’re at the office? Share with us below!