Last month The Best You released the results of the 2013 Wellness in the Workplace Survey. It is clear that work in the 21st Century in modern offices is a very stressful place to be.
Respondents overwhelming requested more assistance for keeping stress free at work. 67.7% said they felt they would be more effective in their work roles if they had support with well-being and mental health within the workplace.
So here are five practical ways to beat stress and keep well at work with The Best You!
Statistics show that people who spend the majority of their working day sitting down live shorter lives than those in more active professions. While much of this is to do with exercise, some of it is also to do with the pressure placed on your internal organs by being in a seated position. Make sure you stand up every twenty minutes. Whether that’s a walk to the photocopier or a quick turn around the office, give yourself some standing room.
Reach for the sky!
Giving you muscles a good stretch helps your lymph system (which controls your immunity) to work better. Use a simple stretch like this: stand with your hands at your side, go up on the balls of your feet, raise your arms up in straight line above your head, look upwards and reach for the sky. Repeat three times. It’s amazing how much better you will feel after this.
If you are used to going for that big caffeine hit in the morning, be aware that as well as energising, it can also build stress. So, try different hot drinks without tea. An infusion of camomile is relaxing, while nettle and ginger can bring you focus. Experiment. And remember, a hot drink in itself can be relaxing!
Many people breathe from the top of their rib cage rather than deep down from the diaphragm. Shallow breathing emulates panic breathing – so taking charge of your breathing can calm your body. Once you’ve learned diaphragm breathing, then stand, stretch, take a deep breath and hold for a count of three. Then let the breath go at the same time as releasing the stretch. Do this three times throughout the morning and three times in the afternoon. It’s really effective.
Learn to meditate
A general setting of calmness can be attained by learning the art of mindfulness and meditation. Meditation teaches the brain to work at a much slower more health-giving cycle and shows you how to dispel tensions and worries that seemed very important. It is a powerful way to get the stress out of your life and take charge once more.
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