There's so many reasons why you could be stressed at work. Maybe it's the work load. Maybe it's the deadlines. Maybe it's annoying coworkers and bosses. Maybe it's all of that put together!
I think the most stressful job I had was in the luxury hospitality industry. I helped countless executives travel to Japan which meant I had to handle multiple itineraries, requests, changes, all while continuously getting new phone calls where I had to sound perky.
There was hardly ever time to finish one thing before getting interrupted, always someone calling about an emergency, and each person had high expectations since, well, it was a luxury industry.
But, enough about me.
The point is, no matter what the source is of your stress, your body has to handle all of the emotion and tension, physically.
So this post is going to be about how you can relax your body and add calm into a stressful environment.
1) Get a Diffuser or Essential Oils (or other smelly thingy)
Anything that smells amazing and calming will do. It could be hand cream, an essential oils spray, a mini herb packet, a vial of essential oils, or a diffuser.
Personally, I think the Diffuser is the best bet because it can also hydrate your skin when you're sitting at your desk. But you gotta make sure that your coworkers like the smell before you use it, because the smell can travel far.
If you want to keep your smelly stuff to yourself, then the other options above are both relaxing and discreet.
So whenever you feel like the stress and tension is getting pretty high, take a second to whip out your good smelling item of choice and take a big whiff.
What I love about this is that just the act of taking a long inhale for the purpose of the smell also helps you to remember to breathe deeply, at all.
2) Get an Ergonomics Chair
I'm obsessed with this ergonomics chair*.
Every office chair I've had to sit in always puts a ton of stress on the lower back, so you go home feeling a ton of pain.
But the ergonomics chair is angled in a way that pushes your pelvis forward, which allows you to maintain better posture (and less pain!).
If you're the kind of person who feels all of the stress in your neck, shoulders, and back, then this chair is awesome. Talk with your HR rep to see if they can get one in, or if you want to buy a cheap alternative, then check out this seat cushion* you can add for a similar effect.
3) Have grain coffee or herbal teas instead of caffeine
I know you want to constantly refill your mug with coffee. I know. It gives you a jolt and slight numbness so you can feel something other than tension.
In food energetics, caffeine is considered "extreme yin". That means that the effect is instant and strong, but it's followed by a crash in energy. And that's the last thing you need when you're feeling anxious and stressed out!
If you're a coffee addict, then try grain coffee - it looks and tastes similar to coffee without the negative side effects on your body. You can also opt for herbal teas for those drinks where you're mindlessly chugging away - that way you won't miss it so much and you'e doing your body some good.
4) Have a pair of office slippers or comfy shoes
A manager I had in the past actually had a pillow on the floor to rest her feet. She'd take off her shoes and let those babies chill.
If you have relatively comfortable shoes then maybe you don't have to do this, but I feel like shoes in general feel constricting (even though they're the right size) and not having to feel any stiff material around them eases the rest of the body.
5) Get some cool glasses with a coating that cuts down on Blue Light
When you're staring at a computer all day, it can feel like your eyes are burning and the veins in your head are constricted. Not cool.
One thing that totally saved me was getting a pair of glasses that had a coating on it that cuts down on the harmful Blue Light that emits from your monitor.
If you have a prescription, you can ask your optometrist to put a coating on top of it. Or, if you don't have a prescription or prefer contacts, you can get a pair of prescription-less glasses with the same coating.
Now, if you don't want to go this crazy, then one thing you can do is lower the brightness on your monitor (but not to the point where it's so dark that you strain your eyes!). This is effective but I do prefer the glasses.
Alrighty, it's time to stress less! And setting up your office environment in a way that calms your body is a great place to start.
How about you? Are there any techniques you've tried to reduce stress at work? Leave a comment!
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