Four Ways to Minimize Stress at Work

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 11/22/2013 | 02:30 PM EST

Step away from your desk and de-stress

No matter what line of work you’re in, stress is sure to find you. Even the best of us fall prey to the stresses of work and trying to live up to our respective responsibilities.

With deadlines and bosses breathing down your neck, it can become difficult managing your stress at work. But it doesn’t have to consume you. Stop, breath and remember to take a chill pill in between balancing spreadsheets and documents. In case you’re in need of some at-work remedies, here are some tips on how to destress at work, while still being able to execute your to-do list.

Take a Breather - Sometimes the best solution to relieving your stress is stepping away from your desk and going outside to get some fresh air. Oftentimes we undergo such insurmountable stress that we deprive ourselves of “me time.” Deadline or no deadline, it’s okay to take 15 minutes to gather your thoughts and breathe. No job is worth your sanity.

Exercise Before Work - We all know the benefits of working out, but what many people don’t know is that working out before work can do wonders. Not only do you get the heart rate going, but it improves your mood and lowers your stress levels. Try it one good time, and you’re sure to feel like a million bucks.

Call Up a Loved One - An alternative to taking a personal 15-minute break from work is to call up a friend or family member. Hearing a familiar voice outside of the office space can be extremely beneficial. Talk about something other than work to get your mind off of your next task to complete. But don’t use the conversation as an opportunity to vent about work - it won’t make you feel any better and it’s quite counterproductive.

Surf the Net - Minimize your email tab and surf the web for some humor or sentimental articles; anything to distract you for a few minutes. You’d be surprise how far a laugh could go.

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