Feeling a bit snowed under at work? Well, you’re certainly not alone. It is, however, a good idea to have some stress-busting tools for when deadlines arrive or tasks seem to be mounting at work. Here are 4 simple tips to help you deal with stress that you can easily put into practice at your desk:
Take a moment to breathe. If you’re coming out of a tense meeting and need to clear your head, or perhaps you’re nervous about a presentation coming up, deep breaths can calm your nerves. Inhale slowly through your nose for a count of 5, then exhale through your mouth for 5. Repeat as you need.
Write it down to get it out. Sometimes it can be difficult to juggle priorities, leaving you feeling overwhelmed by the amount left to be done. By writing everything down, you can immediately visualize what tasks need to be tackled and when. By getting them out of your head and onto paper, you’ll make them feel much more manageable. Ticking things off as they are completed with also help you feel much more productive.
Practice self-compassion. Remember to go easy on yourself. When you get into a negative thought spiral about work-related issues, ask yourself this: “What would I say to a friend if I heard them say this about themselves?” We’re often our own harshest critics.
Don’t be tempted to skip meals. Coffee isn’t breakfast! Your diet doesn’t just have a physical impact, it has an impact on your mental health too. A good rule of thumb is to go for protein-heavy meals in the morning, such as eggs or Greek yogurt, to set you up properly for the working day. Extra tip: Keep almonds on your desk for when you’re stuck.
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