Do you immediately start to tense up as you open the door to your office? Do you cringe when you see your “least favorite” coworker walking toward you? Do you feel irritable, exhausted and lack focus by the end of the day?
Stress can play a large part in our lives, if we let it. Some stress is okay (that’s why we have the internal systems to manage it). However long-term stress that is considered “unnecessary” can become overwhelming to our body, including our nervous system.
If your career has you a bit stressed, consider these five tips to reduce those pesky feelings of overwhelm and irritability:
- Just Breathe! Practice a deep breathing method of 8-7-6. Breathe in for 8 seconds, hold for 7 seconds and then slowly release the air through your mouth for 6 seconds. Repeat 5 times. I practice deep breathing a minimum of 2 times per day (morning and evening).
- Enjoy more “Me-Time”. When was the last time you did something for yourself? When was the last time you took even a minute for yourself? Me-time is a phrase I bring up quite often to people who are stressed. It’s imperative that we take time for ourselves each and everyday. Our cup must be full, in order to serve others. Whether it’s taking 5 minutes to read, taking an hour to exercise, enjoying a nice cup of coffee, or getting a massage — Me Time is a non-negotiable.
- Write it out. Sometime talking with others about our worries or fears just isn’t in the cards; it’s uncomfortable. In the event a verbal conversation doesn’t seem helpful, consider writing (or typing) it out instead. Getting our stress out on proverbial paper can often reduce the burden or pressure we feel.
- Slow Down. Have you ever noticed that in the hustle and bustle of life, our minds get going a mile a minute. Consider taking time throughout the day to be aware of your surroundings and intentionally slow down your thought process.
- Show gratitude. Stress is typically always self-induced. One of the quickest ways to dissolve stress is to show gratitude to even the most unsightly of events. By giving gratitude to the flat tire, the extra workload, or the coffee stain on our blouse — we raise our frequency in the universe and allow our energy to stay in a positive vibration. When we operate at a high level of powerful positive energy, we attract that same positivity.
Review the 5 Ways to Reduce Stress at Work, and let us know which suggestions resonate the most with you!