Stress is comparable to salt. Some level of stress at the workplace is normal and acceptable, perhaps even essential. It can keep you on your toes and help you face challenges. It can keep you alert so that you’re able to meet your deadlines. However, just like too much of salt can spoil the food, stress beyond normal levels can leave you frustrated and powerless. It becomes a negative factor.
Here are 8 tips on how to be stress-free at your workplace.
1. Plan and prioritize
Many times at work, 10 different issues will need your immediate attention - all at the same time. This leads to tension and stress. To begin stress management, it is recommended to start with planning. You need to learn to plan and prioritize. But, it is also true that only a relaxed mind can plan and organize a day well.
- With relaxation comes peace of mind.
- You will then be able to make quick and targeted decisions.
- This will increase your productivity.
- Ensure that you stay on top of your deadlines.
- Your performance will speed up and you can easily dodge workplace stress.
Meditation is known to be an extremely effective and quick relaxation technique.
2. Repose, relax and rejuvenate
The human body is designed to follow the day and night pattern of work and rest. To nurture and maintain good health, you need to rejuvenate your body and mind periodically. This can happen in two ways: sleep and meditation.
It is not a good idea to sacrifice sleep for work. Sleep regenerates cells and eases the tired body. It is essential for creativity and productivity at work.
“Between 12am and 2am, the body’s cells regenerate and refresh. This time needs to be devoted to sleep. If cell regeneration doesn’t happen, you may be prone to premature or rapid aging,” says Bharathy Harish, Faculty, The Art of Living.
Meditation energizes and cleanses the mind. It frees the mind of wasteful thoughts and gives clarity. You can benefit immensely from just 20 minutes of meditation every day.
3. Take frequent short breaks
Do you work long hours? If yes, then it is strongly recommended that you take short breaks in between - ideally, once every two hours. Take a short walk to restore circulation in your legs.
At least every 45 minutes, take your eyes off the computer screen. You can do some basic yoga for the eyes. You may consider chatting with a colleague or getting some shut-eye. Some people feel better after a power nap.
These activities can be great ways to rejuvenate yourself every day. The refreshment will ensure that you don’t get bored or tired at work. In fact, you are more likely to feel a surge of creativity. You could also meditate for a while. It will help enhance your productivity.
4. Customize your diet plan
Although impractical to count every calorie that you consume, especially at your workplace, there is a tendency to overindulge. Therefore, plan your menu at the beginning of every week.
Here are a few tips to consider:
- You are what you eat. So, be careful about what becomes a part of you.
- You are the best judge of your body and schedule. Light and frequent meals are ideal as they keep your metabolism rate high. This increases your energy levels. You may choose to eat five to six light meals or three heavier ones on daily.
- When junk food is not readily available, you will be less tempted to consume it. Keep healthy snacks handy for those in-between cravings.
- Don’t skip meals. Working on an empty stomach increases frustration, irritation, and stress. You also tend to seek shortcuts like fast food to fill your stomach – not at all a good idea.
5. Include exercise into your routine
It is as essential as brushing and bathing. Different parts of the body start to feel stiff after sitting for long durations. Try out these easy and useful desktop yoga postures designed for stress relief. The best part is that you can do these exercises anywhere.
6. Avoid procrastination
We all procrastinate at some point of time or the other. It happens with work that is unpleasant, tough or time consuming. Have you noticed that when you are in a good mood, you can take on any work? When you feel dull, some tasks seem to weigh on you. You can tackle this lack of enthusiasm and motivation with meditation.
Online guided meditations can help you relax and rejuvenate yourself. You can easily do this at your office or workplace by using earphones.
7. Maintain work-life balance
This should be your motto every day. If you are available for work at any time of the day or night, then it is time to revisit the purpose of your work and life. The Internet has allowed us to be tuned into work around the clock and brought work-life balance to a total halt.
Draw some boundaries. As far as possible, do not allow the office to invade your home. The body and mind need the harmony and warmth that a home can provide. This itself will make you more productive at work.
8. Keep good company
Situations and personalities that you encounter at work present a variety of challenges. Sometimes you are inspired to think out of the box. Sometimes you are in a quandary. At these times, do you have supportive friends to help you? If your ‘friends’ make you feel emotionally weak, then spending time alone is better.
At these challenging times breathing exercises can help you become calmer.
Stress management will become a child’s play with these powerful, yet quick and easy-to-use practical tools. It is always better to learn how to be stress-free with preventive measures than curative ones.
Deal with stress effectively with meditation - the excellent way to shrug off stress.
Practicing meditation regularly alleviates you from stress-related problems, deeply relaxes the mind and rejuvenates the system. The Art of Living’s Sahaj Samadhi Meditation is a specially crafted program to help you tap into your unlimited potential by diving deep within yourself.
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