Often the simplest solution to relieving stress is looking at how you are caring for your own body. Here are a few suggestions for relieving stress at work by taking care of yourself.
- Eat Healthy. Overeating can drain your energy, while low blood sugar can make you moody. A good way to maintain consistent healthy eating and stabilize your mood and energy is to eat smaller meals frequently throughout the day.
- Avoid Alcohol and Smoking. You’ve heard it before—both of these things may be temporary stress relievers, but the effects can wear off in the long run and overuse can potentially cause dependence issues.
- Sleep. It is a vicious cycle: lack of sleep can cause more stress, and additional stress can trigger insomnia. Staying well rested keeps you emotionally balanced and more prepared to take on the day. Ideally try to aim for 8 hours a night.
- Exercise. Not only is it healthy, but it is a major stress reliever. Doing cardio exercise (increasing your heart rate), can help relax you, improve your mood, and give you more energy for focusing and being productive at work. The best scenario would be getting 30 minutes of cardio exercise most days, but this can even be broken into smaller workouts depending on your schedule.
None of these tips are revolutionary, but being more cognizant of these area of your life can have a major impact on stress reduction at work!