7 Tips For Reducing Stress Levels At Work

tips reduce stress levels at work

A lot of the stress we experience as adults often stems from the environments we spend the most time in, such as the work office. No matter what sector you work in, job stress is almost inevitable in the 21st century. Whether you're preparing a major pitch for an audience of international investors or trying to finish a big report by a 5 o'clock deadline, there are a few ways to minimize your anxiety levels. You can, of course, speak to a professional at the Clarity Clinic to help reduce your stress. In the meantime here are 7 tips for reducing stress at work: 

#1 Play Some Calming Music

Anytime I find myself feeling overwhelmed, I plug in my earphones and press play on my meditation music playlist. To many, it might sound silly, but the soft taps of piano keys or breathy pan flute notes can reduce my pulsing heart rate. Any type of relaxing playlist should work. 

#2 Reach For Stress-Reducing Snacks

There are certain foods that have been shown to reduce stress levels, including almonds, oranges, oatmeal, avocado, and blueberries. Snack on some of those foods throughout the day or whenever you require a break. 

#3 Walk Around

Whenever you find yourself on the verge of tearing your hair out and screaming, inform your boss that you need a 10-minute walk to reset your mind. If you are unable to leave the building, a break from your workstation will still be beneficial. During the walk, do not allow yourself to think about the tasks awaiting you. 

#4 Take A 5-Minute YouTube Break

Instead of scrolling through your Twitter or Facebook feed -- which can often trigger more stress -- during your break, take five minutes to watch a funny video clip or two on YouTube. Believe me, watching a funny animal video will make you feel much better than if you were to scroll through your ex's vacation photos on Instagram. 

#5 Use Visualization

If you want to cry from the mounting pressure, call on your inner meditation genie (everyone with an imagination has a meditation guru in them!). Close your eyes and visualize yourself in a calm environment, like a field of flowers, or the ocean. For 30 seconds, focus on nothing by the sights, sounds, and smells of that calm place, while attempting to slow down your breathing. If you want more guidance on how to get started with meditation, check out [this article]. 

#6 Brew Some Hot Green Tea

Studies have shown that green tea can reduce stress and just the feeling of a hot drink in your hand can calm you down. Green tea also has a lower caffeine content than coffee, so you shouldn't experience any unwanted jitters. 

#7 Have A Stress Ball Close By

I keep two stress balls in my office desk drawer for times when I have to squeeze something with my hands to get rid of nervous energy and stop it from manifesting in other ways. Luckily, stress balls are super cheap and they don't require much space on your desk or in your workspace.

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