Office work can be really stressful especially if you have one of those jobs that require you to submit on deadlines or have a position that no others can replace your duties where you have to extend your works even on off working hours. To maintain productivity and feel happy to work in such an environment the only option is to manage your stress as much as you can.
Below are some of the ways on how to manage your stress while at the office. The good thing about this is, you can do this even while sitting at your desk and doing your work. Check the below techniques to see which techniques can help you.
1. Head turning exercise
One of the best ways to relieve your stress is to relax the source: the muscles. You can do this by stretching your muscles and turning your head and arm from side to side. You can do this while you are standing or even by sitting down.
2. Comfortable chairs to sit on
One of the best ways to manage stress is to prevent it from coming or at least lessen it. You can do this by making sure that your work area is comfortable to work on. Start with your chair. Can you relax when you are sitting on it or do your muscles get stiff? Why is it not comfortable? Once you determine what makes the chair uncomfortable to use, it will be easier for you to solve the problem. Often, pillows and some cushions will help in getting a comfortable sitting position. In the worst scenario, you will need to replace the chair if it is not suitable or broken. Remember that working with a bad posture heightens the stress that we feel in the muscle areas.
3. Manage your time
Managing your time properly and well planning on the workflow will make a whole lot of difference in your stress levels. Start doing your work ahead of time. Don’t wait for the last seconds to do that report. Start the research. This will make you more prepared and more able to deal with potential stress incidents such as your boss asking for that report way ahead of schedule. At least, if you have started on it on time, you will be able to at least give him some notes.
Also, managing your time well will mean that you won’t have to go against the clock. You can work at a leisurely pace knowing that you have enough time to finish the job. Besides little stresses like this can build up and lead to a heightened stress level.
4. Take a break
Taking time out from your work will help you a lot when in decreasing that stress level. As much as you can, take a short minute break and just close your eyes. Resting the eyes and closing out your senses for a second helps a lot in centering your spirit and in bringing back the energy.
5. Laugh and talking
The best way to lose the stress is to loosen up. Don’t be too serious with that job. Laugh and talk with friends at the office and join in on the fun. If you can’t do that, laugh all by yourself by reading some funny comics or books. The important thing is the smile! Smiling relaxes the muscles. In fact, it uses far fewer muscles than frowning.