Most of us experience periods of high stress while on the job. However, the ways that you manage the anxiety will determine whether you can successfully overcome it in order to perform your best. Here are some ways to handle stress while on the job.
Exercise Your Stress Away
Exercise is well-known to reduce anxiety by producing endorphins that act as medicine for the brain. You do not need a full-fledged workout at the gym in order to get exercise. You can do it at your desk or during a brief break from your job. You can do squats at your desk or even jog in place while in your office. There are also things you can do with your legs such as raises. Of course, there is always the time-honored tradition of taking a ten-minute break to go for a walk.
Most employees get brief breaks in addition to their lunchtime. Those can be used to your advantage to engage in a stress-reducing activity. Creative expression disrupts negative thought processes that lead to stress and anxiety. You can write a journal or take time to enjoy your favorite beverage. Do not just stick to usual, but consider ways to indulge your personality. One recent trend for stress relief is adult coloring books. Your treatment of yourself during your time away can easily color your time back at your desk.
Mindfulness is the recent behavior to which people are turning to reduce their anxiety. This practice involves keeping a continuous awareness of your thoughts at all moments. This also means that you are accepting of your thoughts and are focusing on the moment. When you practice mindfulness, you are feeling your thoughts at the same time that you are an observer of yourself. Techniques can involve mindful breathing or focus on one part of your body at a time. This can reduce your stress by lessening the intensity of your reaction to something that would ordinarily cause your angst. Mindfulness can be practiced at work to improve your overall well-being.
Take a Break
Time after time science has proven that taking a break from your day to day can help relieve stress. A great way to take a break and learn something at the same time is to do a retreat.
You do not have to be a hostage to the current stress of the moment while you are on the job. Instead, you can come to work armed with some strategies for how to reduce your stress by engaging in certain activities and exercises. Going on an international retreat is an awesome way to take a break.
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