It’s no surprise that most Americans are stressed at work, and in today’s uncertain climate, stress and anxiety are at an all-time high. While stress is a normal part of life, too much stress can have devastating consequences for your work performance — and your health. Maintaining good health is more important now than ever, so follow these tips to help manage work-related stress, both in the office and at home.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with work, try stepping outside. Nature has been well-proven to reduce stress, and a breath of fresh air could be just what you need to reset. For an extra boost, take off your shoes and stand with your bare feet on the earth — this practice of grounding can lift your mood and help you relax.
Take a walk.
Light exercise boosts your endorphins, the chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. If you’re pressed for time, make it a short one — just five minutes of exercise can reduce anxiety.
Meditation is surging in popularity, and with good reason. One of the many health benefits of meditation is stress reduction. Not sure how to start? Follow us on Facebook for free guided meditations you can do anywhere, even at your desk.
Practice mindful breathing.
Mindful breathing is a form of meditation that anyone can practice anytime — all you need is your breath. Try this simple mindful breathing exercise to feel calmer in just a few minutes’ time.
Practicing yoga is like meditating with your body. It’s a great way to relieve stress, and it can also release any built-up tension from sitting at a desk for hours. And don’t let Instagram fool you — you don’t have to be flexible, strong or anything in particular to practice yoga. Yoga is for everyone! Grab a mat, towel, or blanket and head over to our YouTube Channel for free, beginner-friendly yoga classes that you can practice in the comfort of your home.
Take a break.
When you have a lot on your plate, it can be tempting to try to plow through your work until it’s done. But as it turns out, small breaks can boost your motivation and attention, helping you work more and better in the long run. When you’re feeling fatigued, try making a snack, chatting with a coworker or watching a funny video to clear your mind.
We’ve just launched a new, online corporate mindfulness program to help you and your employees change your relationship with stress. Learn more about how we can customize it for your team.