Every so often at work you may feel a little stressed, and good stress management is extremely important within the workplace. Building resilience can help you adapt to challenging circumstances that may arise. So, in aid of Stress Awareness Month 2019, we have created seven simple ways that may help you de-stress after a potential tough day at work.
1. Change your clothes
It might not seem like much, but just getting out of your work attire and into whatever you feel most comfortable in around the house can help you make the transition into becoming much more relaxed a lot quicker.
2. Turn off your devices
If you’re guilty of checking your emails or numbers well into the night, make a concerted effort to stop. Balance is incredibly important, and no matter how dedicated you are to the job you’re entitled to – and need! – down time too.
3. Do something you enjoy
When you’re doing something you enjoy, you naturally switch your focus to the task at hand. Whether it’s cooking a three-course meal, knitting a jumper, going for a jog or reading a book, encourage yourself to invest more time into doing something you love.
4. Try meditation and/or yoga
If you haven’t already, try your hand at meditation and/or yoga. They’re said to keep your mind clear and sharp, relieve stress and improve your overall wellbeing. Just what you need after a long and testing day.
5. Start regularly exercising
We won’t dive into all the scientific details, but physical activity is proven to reduce stress levels by producing endorphins and enhancing your overall mood and wellbeing.
And don’t be put off this one if you’re not an exercise fanatic – it doesn’t mean you have to go and churn eight-mile runs out every night. Whether it’s a 30-minute stroll around the park, lifting weights in the gym, joining your local squash club or following a HIIT workout online, do whatever’s most enjoyable for you.
6. Don’t dwell
We’re all guilty of it from time-to-time, but dwelling too much can be a toxic trait. Often, it can lead to over-dramatising and over-analysing whatever is playing on your mind, which can in turn build it up to be something worse than it really is – leading to even more stress.
Next time you can’t switch off, ask yourself “Is there anything I can do to make the situation better right now?”. If the answer’s no, then push it to the side, focus your attention elsewhere, and pick it up again when you can do something about it.
7. Listen to music
Music can provide a welcome distraction for your mind. If you’re already stressed though, it’s important to pay particular attention to the type of music you listen to. Slow tempos can help you wind down and relax, but heavy music can have the opposite effect and add to your angst.