3 Simple Steps to Reduce Stress at Work
And why you should!
Taking simple steps to reduce stress at work, can significantly help prevent the risk of becoming totally burnt out. And being burnt out doesn’t just stop you from going to work. It can put a halt to all the fun stuff in your life too!
The number of employees being signed off work due to stress at work has increased considerably in recent years.
Burnout is becoming a 21st Century Epidemic!
Not taking action to reduce stress at work can have a negative impact on all areas of our life. Including during the time that we spend with our family and friends.
Stress doesn’t just affect us emotionally, it also presents those niggly symptoms many people put up with every day, including:
- mood swings,
- anger problems
- skin conditions, like eczema & psoriasis
- Gastrointestinal problems, like IBS and heartburn
Ongoing and unchecked stress brings the risk of:
- severe depression,
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- colitis and Crohn’s disease
- asthma, and so on!
Worse than that, more and more people, who appear healthy and are in their prime, are dying from heart attacks.
So, it’s vital that we take steps to reduce stress. And doing so at work is a very good place to start.
Here are 3 top tips to reduce stress whilst at work…without getting weird looks from your colleagues!
Step away form the desk!
Set an alarm to move away from your desk, and especially your computer screen, every 45 minutes.
Stretch and Breathe
Whilst away from your desk, maybe in the toilet, do the following exercise:
- Stand, feet hip width apart with arms by your sides. Curl your toes upwards, as you imagine roots growing from the soles of your feet, down into the earth.
- Then, relax your toes and focus for a few seconds on your abdomen. Imagine a glowing, yellow ball of energy there.
- Next, as you slowly breathe in, raise your arms up towards the ceiling. At the same time, go up onto your tiptoes. As you breathe out, bring your arms back down by your sides and your heels to the floor. Repeat this 10 times.
Drink some water
On the way back, or when you get to your desk, drink a small glass of water.
If you can get out into the fresh air to do this exercise, even better!
Keep refreshments healthy
Avoid coffee like the plague. It may feel like it gives you an instant buzz but in the long term it stresses your system in many ways.
If you miss that coffee fix, a really good substitute is Organic Chicory Root Powder. You can add milk or cream to it, and honestly, there’s not much difference in taste. Plus, it’s good for you!
Don’t reach for the biscuit tin, sweets or salty snacks. They will just deplete you of energy, and lead to other health issues in the long run.
Go to work with a couple of pieces of fruit
and raw nuts, like cashews, almonds, walnuts etc.
If you really need to have salt, add a pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt to your cashews.
And for those days when you just have to have chocolate, keep a bar of the 90% cocoa kind. You’ll find that one square will be enough to cure your craving.
For when you want to scream!
For those times at work when
- you just can’t hold the stress in any longer, or
- you need to confront your boss about an issue, or
- maybe you’re anxious about a meeting
EFT (Tapping) is definitely the way to go!
Whenever we get upset, frightened or anxious, or have some sort of trauma in our life, blockages are created in the pathways of our energy system.
EFT helps to restore the body’s energy balance, and can also rid us of negative emotions, stress and anxiety.
It’s done by tapping with two fingers, in a very methodical and intentional way, on certain parts of our body, called meridian points. At the same time, focusing on the emotional or physical issue at hand.
Although, doing the full sequence is very powerful, you may not want to do it whilst sitting in an important meeting, for example. Luckily, there is a more discreet way to tap. It’s just as beneficial, and it’s right at your fingertips, wherever and whenever you need it.
This is how it’s done:
- First of all, you need to focus on the problem at hand, how you're feeling, or what you’re worried about. For example, ‘I’m feeling annoyed with my co-worker’, or ‘I’m scared how this meeting is going to go’.
- Then, with the thumb of one hand, massage very gently on the side of the thumb of the other hand, right at the base of the fingernail. Massage for about 3 or 4 seconds.
- Do this to each of the other fingers. Then do the same with the other thumb to the thumb and fingers on the other hand.
- Continue doing this until you feel relief from the problem. You may find that a different problem pops into your mind, if it does, focus on that whilst massaging the fingers one by one.
You can of course tap on these points, with your index finger, instead of massage, but massaging is much less obvious. It can be done with your hands under the desk, so nobody has a clue that you’re doing it.
Sticking to all three of these tips on a daily basis will help to reduce stress at work.
You may also be surprised at how much happier and more productive you become!