Stress is one of the primary sources of major health problems in our lives: it can cause heart disease, anxiety, sleep deprivation, autoimmune disorders, weight problems, unhappiness, and even deep depression. And unless we’re proactively combating stress, we may fall prey to it.
As a consultant, my life moves at warp speed with travel, problem-solving, decision-making, and exceeding client needs. And in the process, it’s sometimes hard to take a breath. So while we may not have time for for an hour long yoga sessions or a weekend meditation retreat, we do have time for a few basics.
By following these five stress-relievers, you’ll be sure to feel a lot less pressure during busy work times.
Taking things one day at a time
If you have a bad habit of overextending yourself when deadlines need to be met, then you may want to slow things down and take some time out for yourself. You’ll feel better and less stressed if you do one thing at a time.
No matter if it is at work, or in your private life, stepping away from the stresses of life and getting back to the basics will surely make the days at work less stressful. For those who cannot get away from work during the busy moments, try doing some “mini-me” activities at your desk or during your lunch break.
If you work in a close walking distance to a local cafe, try taking some time out to walk around the block and get something to drink outside of the office then in the break room. Stepping away and rejuvenating yourself goes a long way when things get hectic.
Creating a morning routine
Following a morning routine can help you get your day off to a productive start, thus resulting in a boost of energy and positivity. By creating a morning routine focused around a daily schedule like working out or meditating, you’ll automatically begin your workday on a positive note.
Take a deep breath
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or are coming out of a tense meeting and need to clear your head, a few minutes of deep breathing will restore balance to your body. Simply inhale for five seconds, hold and exhale in equal counts through the nose. It’s like getting the calm and focus of a 30-minute yoga class in three minutes or less at your desk.
Communicate with your boss
Even if you choose to embrace the extra work and additional responsibilities as a challenge and way to grow your skill set, it’s important to communicate with your boss about expectations such as deadlines and the duration of the project so that you will not have any added pressures.
Exercise (a little more)
If you’re not one to hit the gym, then this step may not be appealing to you. However, exercising has major health benefits which results in a boost of energy, higher self-esteem, and overall productivity.
Regular trips to the gym are great, but don’t worry if you can’t find a large chunk of time to exercise every day. To reap the benefits of exercise, just get more activity in throughout your day such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up those household chores. Consistency is key.
Which stress relief technique do you use? Comment below to share your stress-free routines with others!