Workplace stress affects over half the workforce and is counter productive. Taking short breaks helps to relieve stress and increases productivity. That doesn’t imply taking time off. Managing Stress in the Workplace is possible without even leaving your work station. Here’s a few simple but effective stress reducers that you can do at any time.
Don’t Stress it!
“No one can work continuously. You will get fatigued, your mind will wander and you will make mistakes,” says psychiatrist Dr. David Sack, president and CEO of Elements Behavioral Health in Long Beach, Calif. “If you have been grinding along at your desk for two hours, stop. Stand up. Leave your desk.”
Or don’t, because several stress-busting activities and exercises can be performed right in your swivel chair, though it’s good to step away from your workstation on occasion.
The stress busters here can be performed in a small amount of time, with immediate results.
Pop in a stick of gum. The act of chewing increases blood flow to the brain, which may improve brain function, including concentration and memory.
Keep your chin up – for at least 10 seconds. Drop your chin to your chest, hold for 10 seconds, and look to one side and then the other. These are simple yoga poses that will stretch and relax tight muscles.
Kick off your shoes. Rubbing your bare feet on the floor stimulates over 200,000 nerve endings, one of the densest concentrations on the body.
Don’t go nuts – eat them instead. Nuts, seeds, dairy products, legumes, soy products, tuna and turkey all contain tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the body produce the brain chemical serotonin.
Hug a coworker. “There are incredible benefits to hugging someone. Your blood pressure decreases and your body produces endorphins and oxytocin, a bonding hormone that makes people feel secure and trusting.
Try taking a ten minute break at odd intervals. Practice one or more of the above stress reducers or maybe you have your own techniques. Whatever you choose remember to do it! Not only will Managing Stress in the Workplace improve your productivity but it will probably improve your home and social life as well.