How To Manage Stress At WorkMarch 24, 2014
We spend hours in our work environments every week and whether it is a negative environment or positive environment, it can always end up being stressful. While many companies make sure their employees have time to take a break during the day, leaving the stress behind isn’t always easy. When you feel stress taking over your day and invading your positive thinking, practice some of these helpful grounding techniques to find inner peace.
Sit Quietly For 10 to 20 Minutes
While this isn’t always easy to accomplish in busy workplace with busy phones ringing, keyboards clicking and people conversing, you can find a small place to go. Even if you have to go to the bathroom to find peace and quiet, do so. If you have a garden area or other quiet areas in your building, find them and go there. By taking out just 10 minutes in a stressful day to find quiet time, you can find some solid ground and refresh your batteries.
Write Your Thoughts Down
This grounding method can only work with pen and paper. You won’t find grounding if you are tapping away on a keyboard like you do all day. Step away from your work desk and work distractions and write out your thoughts. The action of journaling can relax you and bring you down off a stressful cloud. It may help you unwind and calm down after a stressful event in the office or it may help you organize your thoughts more clearly, ridding yourself of the negative and irrational ones.
Talk It Out With A Trusted Colleague
Your colleagues can be a great support when you are feeling stressed during work hours. Whether your reason for stress is work-related or not, talk it out. If you need to vent about your boss or another colleague and if you don’t fully trust this peer, save that type of talk for your support system at home.
Breathe Deeply And Place Your Feet On The Floor
This is very important for grounding yourself in stressful moments, whether work-related or life-related. When you place your feet on the floor you are planting your spiritual and physical roots. This gives the body a sense of calm and security. Deep breathing techniques have been used for thousands of years and can be a fabulous way to de-stress in a crazy work day. Thousands of people practice it as it is part of most meditation practices and can be helpful with regards to most life situations.
Look Toward The Positive
Many people tend to let work stress take over their entire day. Practice turning off your work clock as soon as you are meant to leave your place of employment. When you feel negative thoughts and stress sneaking its way into your free time, shake it off and try to encourage positive thoughts to enter. These positive thoughts can be about your loved ones, the fact you have shelter and food, a paying job, your circle of friends and your partner. Once you practice ridding yourself of negativity as soon as it tries to seep into your thoughts, you will then find it will be a survival tool you use often.