Everyone experiences work-related stress, from trying to meet an important deadline to trying to complete a challenging task. A recent Forbes article cited studies by Towers Watson, a professional services firm, show that chronic stress at your job can result in lowered productivity and employee engagement. Stress is also linked to increased absenteeism and over time can cause harm to employees physical and emotional well-being.
Dealing with that stress is easy to do and can be done at your desk or in your office. Try one or more of these 6 easy, cost free, ways to “De-Stress” at your desk:
Micro Meditations are mini-meditations that take place for one to three minutes. Meditation helps improve our attention span, concentration, and psychological well-being. According to Harvard Business Review, doing micro meditations can help the brain reprogram to make better rational decisions. Maria Gonzalez offers more guidance on Micro Meditation in this piece in the Harvard Business Review.
Listen to Music
Research confirms that music can have powerful stress relieving effects on our bodies and minds. According to the counseling services at the University of Nevada, Reno, listening to music is an effective form of stress management and relaxation. The music that reduces our stress levels and relaxes our minds the most includes: Native American, Celtic, Indian stringed-instruments, drums and flutes.
Rest your Eyes
Looking at your computer screen for hours on end can cause eye strain, blurred vision, headaches, and neck/back pain. WebMd recommends that you look away from your computer screen every 20 minutes and look outside or around the room for about 20 seconds to let your eyes rest.
Mindless activities, such as doodling, can quickly relax your mind. Doodling for even just a minute can help you clear your mind so you can make better, more focused decisions.
Use Acupressure Points to Relieve Tension
One of the quickest ways to reduce tension, increase concentration, and feel refreshed is to focus on a few key pressure points on our bodies. Here is a guide with pictures for performing Acupressure.
Swivel Around in Your Chair
Twirling around in your chair can give you an immediate energy boast to power through the rest of your work. Kate Hanley, the author of The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide: 77 Simple Strategies for Serenity, suggests to, “Pick your feet off the ground, hold on to the edge of the desk with your fingertips and push your chair back. Inhale and swivel to the right, making sure to keep your shoulders facing forward. Exhale and swivel to the left. Doing this for 15 to 20 breaths can loosen the muscles in the back and stimulate the kidneys, which are a major source of energy in the body.”
Give it a Try
These techniques will have you quickly feeling stress free. Try one of these techniques right now and leave a comment and tell us about it!