Words by maven46
July 16th, 2019
Stress is something women deal with daily. Whether it’s our day-to-day tasks and errands, the management of a family, or work-related stress, it’s something all of us have to handle. And while there are a plethora of ways to help manage daily stress, such as taking a bath for example (it’s the little things, right?), you can’t exactly stop in the middle of a pressing project and run yourself a bubble bath at the office. Which is why we’re giving you five alternative ways to de-stress while you’re at work and you feel like all the pressure is on you.
For this one, you don’t have to stop everything you’re doing and sit in the middle of the floor or lay down. You can get comfortable at your desk chair and simply focus on your breathing. If you find the noises around you distracting, then plug in your headphones and find a nice soothing track. Set a timer for five minutes and begin to clear your mind of everything and concentrate on your breathing. With every deep inhalation, focus on how your breath feels when it enters your lungs. When you exhale, visualise your stress leaving your body. After five minutes, you should feel less stressed and more centred so that you can focus on getting through your projects. If you’ve never tried it before, discover our beginner’s guide to mindfulness here.
If your workload starts to get on top of you, and you feel like your body is tense and you cannot get it to relax, then systematic relaxation could help you de-stress and loosen up. Start by sitting back in your chair. Close your eyes and take long, deep breaths. Focus on each body part, one at a time. Start with your head by tensing your face, and then release. Then clench your jaw, then release. Tense your shoulders, then release. With every body part you tense and release, focus on how your body feels every time you release your tension. Keep tensing and releasing all the way down through your arms, hands, back, stomach, glutes, legs and feet. When you’re done, you should feel more relaxed and ready to tackle anything else you have to take care of for the day.
If you find that working on a project causes you to stress out because you feel you’re making little progress, or you’re starting to burn out, five-minute filler yoga stretches can help refocus your mind so that you can power through your project and turn it in on time. Stretches are quite beneficial not only for giving your mind a break and allowing you to focus on the stretching, but these stretches can help you relax your body so that you don’t feel like you’re in crisis mode all day. So, taking a moment to work through these stretches is worth it for your productivity.
Sometimes, after sitting for so long at your desk, you need a break. Exercise helps get your blood flowing and can give your mind a much-needed break. Take a few minutes to walk around your office, or if you have stairs, walk up and down them. It shouldn’t take long for your head to clear and for your body to feel more energised. Besides, exercising in any form is good for us, so this strategy should be a regular go-to. You can make it more fun by getting others in your office to walk with you and have a chat as you go. When you return to your work, you should feel more energetic, and your mind better focused to handle everything that comes your way.
When we feel frazzled, sometimes it’s because we’re not getting the nutrition we need. Working through lunch may sound like a good idea, but your body needs energy to give energy. That’s why taking a few minutes to have a healthy snack is beneficial in helping you refocus so that you can get through your workload. When it comes to having a snack, pick something like nuts or cheese and maybe a handful of berries. Keep it simple and healthy. As you eat, focus on the texture of the food in your mouth and how it tastes. Chew slowly so that you can enjoy every bite. You don’t want to miss out on enjoying your snack because you’re worried about your project. Use this time to be present while you eat so that your mind can have a break, along with your body. When done with your snack, you’ll not only feel better, but you’ll be ready to handle almost anything with a clear head. Discover our guide to mindful eating here.
There you have it, five simple and quick ways to de-stress while you’re at work. No matter what you do, always remember that you are a lioness, you’re organised, strong, fierce, and you can handle anything you set your mind to accomplish. By staying positive and taking some time for self-care, there’s nothing the world can throw at you that you can’t handle and feel great while doing so.
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