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Ways to Reduce Stress at Work

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 168

Work-related stress is a common enough thing that many people tend to accept it as commonplace. Unfortunately, doing nothing about it is not going to help matters and may actually make things worse later on. Once stress takes over, work performance can be adversely affected and can lead to someone no longer feeling motivated to wake up each morning and heading to work. One can become irritable and impatient and may turn to food, cigarettes, or even alcohol in order to deal with the stress, not realizing that these could lead to addiction and health problems.

There are some companies that are willing to make an investment on stress relieving programs so that their employees do not have to go very far nor use their own cash to deal with the stress. However, not all companies have the means to do so and their employees are often left to fend for themselves. That is when one has be able to find out how to relieve stress at work and it is neither as difficult nor complicated as it may seem and does not always require money or lots of time.

An easy technique in learning how to relieve stress at work is to take an occasional break during the day. No matter how busy a schedule may seem to be, taking a few minutes to either get up and stretch or grab a hot cup of coffee or a cool glass of water is always a good thing. If one prefers to stay seated, they can close their eyes for a moment and perform a shoulder roll or two. Stretching the arms up and the legs out while pointing and flexing the hands and feet are great kink-relieving exercises too.

Another thing that can be done is simply stepping outside and getting some fresh air. Breathing in through the nose and then releasing all that tension by exhaling through the mouth can be a cleansing exercise and a help you to relieve some stress. Take those few minutes to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the workplace and exchange the solid walls and floors for the beauty of nature. Find a quiet place to sit back and listen to some soothing music or a song that inspires relaxation or boosts your energy.

Remember that work-related stress is a shared burden. Other people in the workplace are probably feeling some degree of stress and one does not need to try and deal with it on their own. Chatting up a colleague, sharing a joke, or swapping stories is a great way to relieve some of that stress that everyone at work is going through. Whatever method one chooses to relieve the stress, the thing to keep in mind is that it needs to be a priority. After all, there is a time for work and there is a time for everything else too.

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