How To Reduce Stress At Work

By Subodh / February 22, 2013

It is no surprise that work related stress is experienced by many. Deadlines, overtime, and trying to keep the balance between work and home can negatively impact the mental health of employees. It is important for those who are experiencing stress in the work place to make time for themselves to relax, reflect, and maintain a positive peace of mind. While it is not always as easy as it sounds, there are various ways one can go about reducing the amount of stress they encounter at work daily.

Breathing In and Out

Taking a few simple deep breaths can do wonders for the body and amazingly it is successful in combating work related stress. When breathing, be sure to take a breath in through the nose while slowly exhaling from the mouth. Having the correct form is imperative especially if you want to avoid accidentally hyper-ventilating. Taking deep breaths in an out is effective for an interesting reason. Deeply breathing in and out causes the body to release the stress-reducing hormones dopamine and serotonin. If you have extra time, it may be worth meditating before or after work, or even during a lunch break. Participating in yoga is another alternative option for reducing work related stress.

Reduce Stress At Work

Physical Activity

It’s called runner’s high for a reason, physical activity causes the body to release endorphins which can actually make a person happier. Physical activity is also responsible for getting the blood and lymph flowing through the body which in turn increases the immune system and reduces work related stress. There are a few simple ways to incorporate physical activity into your workplace routine. Simple stretches and yoga poses can quickly and easily be done behind the desk or even in the work place restroom. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator can also help, not just with reducing stress but also cardiovascular health as well. Taking a stroll during lunch time can surprisingly reduce stress too.

Relaxing Music

Research studies show that classical music has a positive effect on the brain. Whether you are looking for a way to get those creative juices flowing or even to liven up a quiet workspace, playing music can affect ones mood. It is is very simple to find tunes that inspire productivity, positivity, and even happiness. Music even has the power to wake you up from that after-lunch lull.

Avoiding Office Gossip and Negativity

Every office has someone who likes to share “work place news” or has encountered a boss that oozes negativity. While we can’t always avoid negativity at work or even the office gossiper, we can choose what we do with it. By choosing to not engage and contribute to the workplace gossip, an employee is empowering themselves to maintain their positive outlook.

Most people spend more hours at work than they do outside of it and many would say that it comes with understandable stress. To maintain a positive quality of life it is important for employees to find healthy ways to manage workplace stress. Whether it is by stretching behind the desk, listening to some soothing jams, or even walking away from juicy office gossip, there are ways to successfully avoid or reduce stress at work.