Take a Breather

Posted on April 15, 2018, by Pauline

Somehow we are already four months into 2018, and it seems the priorities and to-do lists are only growing. According to Forbes, the average worker is “interrupted seven times an hour and distracted up to 2.1 hours a day.” No wonder the stress builds with more things to do! In honor of Stress Awareness Month and to help you take a breather at work, here are five steps to relieve stress:

Take a deep breath. Or 10. Yes, this one seems overrated, but when you truly stop and allow yourself to think about your breathing, your heartbeat will slow down, offering a stronger feeling of peace and relaxation.

Be more active. Especially in careers where you sit at a computer for at least 40 hours a week like our agency at Mopdog, physical activity in the workplace can be difficult to obtain. But studies show that stressful circumstances increase adrenaline in your body, so exercise can help to relax your mind and calm your nerves. So step away from your computer, take a lap around the office or step outside for a minute if you can. Or you can do what one of our coworkers do and take a break with a set of 10-15 pushups every few hours.

 Phone a friend. Or just take a minute to talk to your coworker. Talking to someone, specifically one who makes you smile and laugh, can relieve a lot of stress in a short amount of time. Often, tension is held in our faces, so breaking the tension with laughter can lighten your mood and stress.

Reduce your caffeine intake. I know, this one is a BIG ask, especially for Topdog, whose coffee is always within reach. But being a stimulant, coffee and other drinks with caffeine in them can actually increase your stress levels rather than reduce them. So try just one cup in the morning or one in the afternoon as a must-have pick-me-up, but try not to replenish the mug all day.

Be okay with “no”. It’s in our nature to say “yes” when others need our help and ask us to do something. But you have to know your limits and understand when your plate is full. Not only will this awareness help you reduce stress, but it can also help you be more productive and efficient as you focus on the important tasks that are already on your to-do list.

With these steps in place, you’ll be able to take on the everyday distractions and interruptions with ease and a much more positive attitude. Do you have more stress-relieving ideas in mind? Share them with us on Facebook!