By Sarah Wylde
When you think of work, what are the first thoughts that come to your mind? Is it how many unanswered messages and emails there may be, and the long commute, deadlines? There is no arguing that work can be a stressful place. When you begin to think about it, we spend an average of 40 hours a week there, that is not including that overtime or extra hours spent doing things for work outside of work. That much stress becomes too much and can take a toll on our mental and physical health.
I am in the process of organizing and making the to-do list for when my work in the new year picks up, which is what got me thinking of all the stress that comes with it. Home and work-life can be two of our most significant stressors. We can’t usually control what happens around us, we for sure can’t control how other people act and react to things, but we can work to gain control over how we act and react. Those are also reminders to myself to remember to continue to work on letting go of what I can’t do or is out of my control. There are things that we can do to improve and lessen stress and be calm at work.
Meditate in the morning before going to work. It doesn’t have to be lengthy. You can meditate for 10 – 15 minutes before you leave. Either sitting in silence or using an app, video, or recording for guided meditation. It will help put you in a calm state to get through what the workday brings.
Go for a walk at lunch. Being in the same area all day can become tiresome and frustrating, you start to get the feeling or just wanting to be anywhere else. Well, do just that. During your lunch break, either walk around the building where you work or to get a warm beverage. The fresh air and change of scenery will do us right and reset our mind for the rest of the day.
Breathe. That is a big one. If you feel yourself getting worked up over something, try a breathing exercise at your desk or somewhere you feel comfortable to do so.
Minimalize interruptions by putting your phone away to where you can’t see it, and not being logged in any of your social media accounts or email. Getting distracted can change your mood and workflow and contribute to not getting work done.
Stretch. This is especially important if you have a desk job. Sitting and working in front of a computer or standing on your feet all day takes a toll on you. Getting up and doing some stretches to loosen tight muscles will feel great.
Clean desk, clear mind. I firmly believe that a cluttered desk stunts creativity and production. If your work area remains clean and organized, so do you.
Keep a positive attitude. This is a big one, folks. Your mood not only affects yourself but those around you. By projecting negative energy, you get more stressed and apply that feeling whenever you think of work. By being positive, regardless, you remain calm and focused. Positivity goes a long way everywhere, so using it at work makes sense.
Some insight to me writing this post. I got distracted a few times, and it did mess up my word flow. I had to get up and walk away from it for a few hours before I had the momentum back to finish.