Stress can kill, and in today’s hectic world, the workplace can be one of the biggest stressors in most people’s lives. Finding ways of dealing with the day’s stress will not only make you more productive, it’ll also make you feel better and improve your outlook on life in general. Here are a few simple strategies you can start using today that will leave you feeling relaxed and ready to tackle whatever the day throws your way.
Get Up An Move!
A recent study conducted by researchers in Japan found that a fifteen-minute walk in the woods every day can reduce your cortisol levels (cortisol being the stress hormone) by as much as 50%! If you don’t work near woods or any type of natural setting, not to worry. The same researchers found that a fifteen-minute walk in an urban setting will still give you a 25% cortisol reduction, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at.
This one is as simple as getting up from your desk and taking a short walk once a day to clear your head. Try it and see for yourself just how effective it can be!
Practice Your Breathing
As an adult, if there’s one thing you probably figure you’ve mastered by now, it’s breathing. The truth is though, that most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their breathing, and there’s value in doing so.
Take a few minutes out of each day to just relax and focus on your breathing. Close your eyes and draw in a deep breath, hold it for a slow five count, then exhale slowly and repeat. Spend just five minutes a day focused on the simple act of breathing and you’ll find yourself more relaxed and clear-headed, and ready for whatever else the day may hold.
Music To Soothe The Savage Beast
Few things can transport us in quite the same way that music can. To use this one, just carve out the last ten or fifteen minutes of your lunch break each day, put your ear buds in, and queue up some of your favorite music.
Just close your eyes and let the music wash over you. It doesn’t really matter what you listen to, as long as it’s something you enjoy. Lose yourself in it for a few minutes every day, and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.
This is a simple meditative technique. It involves you picturing yourself in a relaxing setting. Perhaps in a hammock at some cozy beachside bungalow with a cold, refreshing drink close at hand. Again, the particulars don’t matter, as long as you select something you find soothing and enjoyable.
Picture it vividly in your mind’s eye and imagine yourself there. Doing so will re-center your mind and prepare you for the next part of your day.
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Mix and match any of the strategies above, and you’ll be well on your way to bringing your stress down from the stratosphere and to more manageable levels.