We’ve all felt stressed at work at some point or another…which is sad, but true. We spend so much time at our jobs that work should be a place we enjoy going. Unfortunately, sometimes deadlines or a difficult colleague can be too much to handle. Fortunately, whether it’s engaging in exercise or following guided meditations, like consultancy firm, Sage, are providing, there are ways to make even the most stressful days more manageable.
The Dangers of Stress
Feeling easily distracted…losing focus…easily upset…these are just some of the better-known symptoms of stress. Worse still, if these symptoms develop, they can lead to long-term health problems: back pain and spiking blood pressure to name just two…and that’s not to mention mental health problems, including clinical depression.
Whether you’re experiencing acute or chronic stress, none of it is good for you. Fortunately, there are ways to relax yourself and to start enjoying the workplace again!
Mindfulness is a specific type of meditation where you find a quiet space and concentrate on yourself and the present moment. Think about what’s going on around you and how everything is affecting you. When your boss asked you to stay late tonight, how did it make you feel? How can you change your reaction in the future?
Meditation can be anything from taking a few minutes to get some perspective, to following guided programs to explore your inner-self. Whichever you choose, just 15-minutes-a-day can be enough to improve your immune system, kick-start your concentration, and motivate you to multi-task.
As stress is the result of chemical reactions in your body, one great way to fight back is to fill your body with adrenaline. Going for a run or to the gym is an excellent way to let off some steam, but even better, exercise with your colleagues. This doesn’t just make you feel better…it develops your bond with your colleagues…making them much more likely to work better with you in the future.
Or, why not combine both methods and enroll in yoga? Yoga not only gives you a space to exercise, but to take some time to remove your mind from work and focus entirely on yourself.
Stress comes to us all, but we should be able to take some time to ourselves to refocus our priorities so we can not only return to our best at work…but enjoy it, too!
Until next time, stay well.