Stress Busting at the Office

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Office pressure cooker set to explode? Deadline times getting shorter? ‘To Do’ list getting longer?

What do you do? Many of us are guilty of skipping breaks, eating at our desk whilst dealing with a mountain of work or perhaps (hands up who is guilty) missing lunch altogether.

 

What if I said that if you want to be more efficient and effective then you need to STOP. Yes, seriously. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, it is vital that you regularly take time out for a brain and body break.

Whilst stress is unavoidable; it is manageable.

 

When the pressure mounts at the office here are FIVE stress busting self-care strategies to consider:

·        BREAK OUT: Always taking a break away from your desk to eat lunch. Even better; get up go for a walk or a run during your lunch break.

·        TAKE A STAND: Take a 3 to 5-minute mini-break every hour to stand up and get your circulation moving. Consider requesting or investing in a sit-stand desk.

·        JUST BREATHE: Slow, controlled belly breathing is something you can do at your desk. Breath in slowly for 4 counts; Hold for 4 counts, Exhale slowly for 4 counts, Hold for 4 counts; repeat for 2 to 3 minutes.

·        SHAKE IT OFF: Stand up and give your whole body a 15 second top-to-toe jiggle. In the privacy of the bathroom is fine.

·        HYDRATE WITH WATER: Research shows tension and confusion scores go down when water levels go up.

 

Routinely employing brain and body breaks into our work day improves our ability to transform our stress response, strengthens our energy reserves and supports our physical, mental and emotional well-being.

 

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