Try as we might to change the fact, stress and the workplace do seem to go hand-in-hand to some degree; sure, there are various ways of reducing stress levels both throughout the workforce and on an individual basis, but some measure of it will always remain. However, that’s not to say you should just grit your teeth and get on with it, there are still plenty of little tricks you can utilise to de-stress yourself should it all get too much. In fact by making proper use of the following advice you can hopefully avoid it ever reaching that point. So without further ado, let’s crack on.

Take a Walk

The benefits of stepping out of your office for a few moments cannot be overstated, providing as it does a boost to your health both mental and physical. A predominantly sedentary lifestyle has the potential to cause various health complications, so by increasing your level of activity with the simple addition as a midday stroll you could substantially improve upon your physical fitness while alleviating stress in the process.

One study conducted by the Psychology and Speech Pathology School at Curtin University in Australia concluded that the addition of a lunchtime walk to the working day can greatly reduce stress levels experienced through the afternoon whilst also making subjects feel more relaxed, more enthusiastic, and less nervous. The study focused on 75 individuals over a 10-week period, just to put some figures behind those assertions.

Swap Coffee for Tea

Anyone who has ever experienced the coffee jitters after one too many cups knows that excessive consumption of coffee can lead to an increase in anxiety and stress, the exact opposite of what we’re aiming for here. Due to this effect, you may find a cup of tea to be the better option.

This has been established as fact for some time, yet many still ignore the ill effects of coffee. A study published to the journal Psychopharmacology way back in 2006 further bolstered the idea that tea is by far the better option in the workplace due to the way in which it reacts with the body, reducing cortisol (stress hormone) levels and increasing relaxation.

Listen to Music

The reason as to why music has become so ingrained in just about every culture around the world is likely due to the powerful effect it can have on the human mind, transporting us away from our woes into a melodic world created of our own imagination and interpretation of what we are hearing.

Studies conducted in the field have found that certain types of music, particularly classical and instrumental music, can relax both our minds and our bodies, reducing our pulse, heart rate, blood pressure and overall stress as a result.

Dabble in Aromatherapy

Much like the sounds of music we discussed earlier, scents and smells too can have a remarkable effect upon the human mind, helping us drift away from worry and create a bubble of relaxation of our very own. However aromatherapy offers more than a simple trick of the mind as certain essential oils used in the process, in particular lavender and rosemary oils, have been shown to reduce cortisol levels much like tea does, as we discussed earlier.

Schedule Email Time

A constant influx of emails to respond to throughout the working day will add unnecessary stress as you attempt to keep caught up. To counteract this, set up a system whereby you check your emails only at set intervals.

The effectiveness of this approach was demonstrated in a 2014 study conducted by the University of California, during which the researchers found that when participants checked their emails just three times per day, they experienced much lower levels of stress than those who attempted to keep up as emails came in.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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