Stress is a part of your life, and it’s one that you cannot avoid. However, while you can’t avoid stress, that doesn’t mean you can’t take back control of your emotional well-being. While at the office, your mind is likely on a few things at once, so you may not always feel the stress creeping in as these emotions build. The next thing you know, you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re experiencing anxiety, and you’re wondering what you can do to lessen these feelings to get yourself back at your best again.
Time to destress doesn’t have to wait until you get home. There are a number of things you can do right in the office to help yourself to deescalate stress and bring yourself back to or closer to center. 4 simple ways to destress at the office are:
1. Quickly organize your space – At Technalink, we find this is one of the simplest ways you can bring yourself back to center in just a couple of minutes. Organization is a monotonous task, but that’s exactly what you want when you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress. When you feel the tenseness of stress taking over, take just five minutes and give your workspace a quick once-over. Organize papers, put little odds and ends away, and make sure your drawers are in order. While doing this, take notice of how your body feels at the start of the activity and how your stress winds down as you focus on these little, simple tasks.
2. A short deep breathing session – Deep breathing is proven to lower heart rate and force you into a mindful moment. When you’re feeling the effects of stress, take about a minute or two and practice deep box breathing. Take a breath in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, breathe out for 4 seconds, and wait 4 seconds before taking the next breath. While breathing, focus on the sensations in your body and allow the thoughts to naturally flow through your mind.
3. Listen to something soothing – Listening to something soothing gives you a relaxing voice or sound to focus on. It helps to have a relaxing playlist on standby, or to tune into a favorite calm audiobook for just a few moments. The OM Factor, now on audiobook, can help you to listen your way back to a center space.
4. Take out your mala prayer beads – Mala prayer beads help to guide your affirmations during a short, or long, meditation session. You don’t have to be actively in meditation to use them, and using the beads to repeat your mantras just a handful of times can be a helpful reminder that you’re in control of your mind, your emotions, and your world.
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