It’s that time of year, holiday gatherings, end of year inventory and …STRESS! You’re probably working excessive hours, often through the weekends, and no matter how many tasks you manage to fit in a day, there always seem to be more around the corner. Don’t forget to take some time to de-stress yo’self with these quick tips!
1. Start (or end) the day with exercise. According to the American Heart Association, physical activity is a manageable way to relieve both physical and mental stress. Exercise improves blood circulation, releases endorphins, and gives you more energy throughout the day. Not big on working out? No sweat, literally! Just 20 minutes a day of movement can help give you more energy and rid yourself of stress accumulated throughout a workday.
2. Drink green tea. Before you pour yourself a mug of coffee in the morning, consider green tea as an option. Green tea has been shown to have powerful anti-anxiety effects. It can help you to relax in stressful situations while still providing enough caffeine to get your morning started. Because green tea is a milder caffeinated beverage, it rarely has the same “jittery” aftereffects that coffee may produce, plus, you’ll get the health benefits of its high antioxidant content as well.
3. Stretch and break away from the screen. For just a few minutes every hour, stretching and stepping away from the screen can work wonders for the brain and body. Use physical stretching as a break from your daily tasks, heading to the lunch room to refill your water – great, maybe take the long route for some extra steps. This will force you to give yourself breaks throughout the day, reduce the eye strain from your digital screen, help you relax and improve your blood circulation — all at the same time.
4. Reduce your commitments. How many times have you looked at your overbooked schedule and felt a small episode of panic? To reduce the stress, cut down the number of commitments you accept. If this sounds impossible to you, try making it a daily habit, and you’ll see how easy it can become. Each day, find at least one meeting that can be eliminated (and replaced by an email, or similarly concise form of communication), and find at least one task that can be delegated or postponed indefinitely. You’ll have a more flexible schedule in no time.
5. Surround yourself with positivity. Your work environment can have a major effect on your stress level. Environmental changes such as a de-cluttered workstation and music can make you feel more at home. Aromatherapy has consistently been found to reduce stress, and there are multiple scents that work, including lavender.