In our last post, we looked at 4 tips for dealing with workplace stress. We’ll continue the theme today and jump right in with more useful tips.
1. Find allies at work — No man (or woman) is an island. cultivate some close, supportive relationships at the office. These are your go-to people when you have good news to share and also when you feel overwhelmed or stressed. When you talk out your feelings, or share that you have anxiety, it is a wonderful, healthy release.
2. Take regular breaks— yesterday we stressed the importance of lunch, but in truth, you can take a few mini breaks throughout the day. Anytime you use the restroom, for example, take 2 or 3 extra minutes to just chill out and relax. Take a brisk walk up 2 flights of stairs or go to a window and take a few deep breaths.
I log looong hours on the computer working at home, so I like to use a simple egg timer and set it to go off every hour. This is my reminder to stand up, stretch, breathe, drink some water or decaf green tea, regroup, and then get back to work.
3. Start your day with a relaxing ritual — Instead of jumping out of bed at the very last minute and rushing off to work, try getting up 10 or 15 minutes early to do something you enjoy. My sister sits out on her back porch with her morning coffee and listens to the birds before her 1 hour commute (weather permitting, of course). On my commute days, I leave the radio off and drive in silence as I try to imagine the day ahead of me in the best possible light. I also love to pray and listen to audio CDs (such as How to Win Friends and Influence People) to help me relax and get ready to face my day
4. Balance work and fun — If work is bogging you down, you may feel like you don’t have any free time. That’s only partially true, you have free time, just not a lot of it 😉 You need some fun time to balance out your life. Unwind with your favorite hobby, take a quiet walk at sunset, or enjoy a good read before bed.
Plan out your weekend in advance around a hobby. For example, if you like to garden, you can gather your gardening tools and supplies, and visit the local nursery during the week. Once the weekend is here, you’ll really enjoy planting that new flower bed, because you thought about it all week..
Try to implement these easy tips for coping with workplace stress in your life. Revise and tweak as necessary, and you will definitely start to beat your stress at work. ‘inch by inch, it’s a cinch!’
I wish you peace,
p.s. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie one of my favorite ‘driving to work’ audio CDs. It really helps me face the day with good people skills, and gets me out of my social anxiety. It was recommended to me years ago by a psychiatrist and then by an Al-Anon sponsor. I am passing on this recommendation on to you.
photo credit: Kilarin