Ten Things You Can Do To Decrease Your Stress At The Office

Ten Things You Can Do To Decrease Your Stress At The Office



The world we live on​ is​ nothing but a​ mound of​ chaotic pressure that is​ building to​ the​ point it​ bursts like a​ volcano. We are bombarded with pressure from our employers,​ our customers and families to​ the​ point where some people actually do break. Most of​ us today in​ professional lives spend between 8 and 16 hours a​ day at​ the​ office,​ which equates to​ almost two-thirds of​ our lives being in​ a​ place we really do not want to​ be in,​ but there are things you​ can do to​ decrease the​ stress in​ your office.

Remember this,​ what we call stress,​ is​ really what we put on​ ourselves. Whilst other people can influence the​ way we feel,​ ultimately we are the​ ones who choose whether we are going to​ be stressed or​ not. you​ are in​ control of​ how you​ are going to​ feel,​ no one else. Stress as​ such is​ going on​ in​ our heads,​ so the​ real secret to​ de-stressing is​ to​ find things that would make you​ happy and content within.

#1. Have a​ Photo of​ the​ Happiest Time in​ Your Life

Think back through your life,​ what is​ the​ happiest moment in​ your life. it​ could be the​ birth of​ your child,​ getting married,​ going out on​ a​ fantastic date,​ visiting some outstanding place or​ maybe it​ is​ when you​ bought your puppy dog but no matter what it​ is,​ you​ will almost certainly have a​ photo of​ that time. Take that photo and put it​ on​ your desk to​ remind you​ of​ those happy times as​ this will be one of​ the​ tools you​ need to​ beat stress in​ your office.

The happiest time in​ my life,​ and where I felt like the​ luckiest man in​ the​ world,​ was the​ day my wife stepped out of​ the​ limousine at​ the​ church for our wedding. I had never seen my wife look so beautiful and I made sure when I felt those feelings that I would remember them forever. So on​ my desk at​ work,​ I have a​ picture of​ my wife getting out of​ the​ limousine and each time I feel stressed I simply take a​ few moments to​ look at​ that picture and remember that moment in​ time. you​ brain is​ an​ amazing part of​ your body,​ no matter how many times I look at​ that photo,​ my brain releases the​ same feelings I had on​ the​ day and helps me snap out of​ feeling stressed.

Use the​ happy times,​ to​ control the​ times when you​ feel the​ most vulnerable and stressed.

#2. Think of​ Your Boss Yelling at​ you​ Naked

Everyone has nightmare stories of​ their bosses being a​ grouch and I certainly have had my fair share,​ but most people who talk of​ being excessively stressed often relate that stress to​ a​ boss who is​ abusive and yells a​ lot. Well first off,​ if​ you​ are working in​ an​ environment where you​ boss is​ abusive,​ get out NOW! Nobody has to​ put up with that and remember life is​ way to​ short regardless of​ the​ money. is​ money worth that much that the​ stress is​ worth dying tomorrow from a​ heart attack? NO!

However,​ if​ you​ have a​ boss who yells at​ you​ a​ lot,​ just for the​ sake of​ yelling and really is​ quite rude,​ simply imagine them yelling at​ you​ naked. if​ someone flew into your office absolutely starkas,​ that is​ with absolutely no clothes on,​ would you​ take them seriously. Course not! So,​ why take a​ boss that comes in​ and yells at​ you​ seriously. if​ your boss is​ an​ effective communicator he or​ she would not need to​ yell at​ you.

The next time your boss comes in,​ force yourself to​ think of​ them absolutely naked. When you​ do that,​ see just how you​ actually react and whether you​ deal with the​ situation better than when they are yelling at​ you​ absolutely naked. After a​ bit of​ practice you​ will find you​ are able to​ handle the​ situation much better and cope with a​ grouchy boss.

#3. Get Up and Do Some Office Exercises

Look no one on​ the​ planet can deny that doing exercise,​ gets the​ blood going and burns off the​ stress however sneaking away during the​ day can be really difficult but there are other Office Exercises that can bring you​ a​ lot of​ benefit to​ you. There are many office exercises that you​ can do like rolling your shoulders,​ clenching your hands and releasing them and even neck exercises that will help release the​ stress.

Often,​ much of​ our built up stress is​ simply due to​ sitting at​ the​ computer all day looking at​ the​ screen. Make sure that every hour you​ get up and stretch for at​ least five minutes. you​ will find that if​ you​ do not do that over a​ period of​ time this will lead to​ aches and pains,​ which can help increase your stress.

To get the​ best Office Exercises for you​ to​ do simply talk to​ your General Practitioner or​ visit a​ Physiotherapist and they will be able to​ help you​ develop an​ Office Exercise plan and you​ will be surprised how much easier life is​ to​ cope with.

#4. Schedule Enough Time to​ Go From One Meeting to​ Another

I worked for a​ bank about five years ago and I have never met an​ organisation that has so many meetings. My whole days constituted going from one meeting to​ another and I learnt one very important lesson. if​ I did not run my schedule my meetings would. Make sure that when you​ schedule an​ appointment or​ a​ meeting that you​ include travel time to​ and from a​ meeting.

Whilst working for this firm,​ if​ you​ did not schedule travel time,​ they would simply book meetings next to​ each other even if​ the​ meeting was across the​ other side of​ the​ city. They would simply expect you​ to​ immediately appear at​ that other meeting.

Message to​ All Humans - we do not have an​ instant teleporter,​ the​ Stargate is​ a​ fantasy,​ so make sure you​ give yourself enough time to​ get from one meeting to​ another or​ you​ are going to​ stress out.

#5. Plan Your Day

We talked about scheduling time to​ get from one meeting to​ another in​ the​ previous point but there is​ an​ extension to​ this. Make sure YOU plan your day,​ not your business associates. All too often I hear management say,​ "I did not get lunch today" or​ " I have been on​ the​ run and have not had a​ chance to​ stop". Come on,​ get a​ grip,​ you​ are in​ control and it​ is​ up to​ you.

The first thing you​ should do in​ every job you​ work in,​ is​ to​ make sure you​ schedule two decent breaks a​ day which include at​ least half an​ hour for lunch and a​ 20 minute break somewhere else in​ the​ day. if​ you​ are like most people you​ will be using something like Microsoft Outlook or​ Lotus Notes to​ manage your day. Both allow you​ to​ schedule unavailable time in​ your calendar,​ so do IT!

By scheduling YOU time,​ you​ can ensure you​ have enough time to​ have a​ break,​ do a​ little meditation and relax and prepare for the​ rest of​ the​ day. if​ you​ are like me and work 16 hours a​ day,​ then you​ should also be putting into your plan a​ decent Dinner break of​ at​ least an​ hour and half an​ hour at​ the​ gym,​ even if​ it​ is​ just using the​ treadmill. if​ you​ do not do this,​ it​ will catch you​ up to​ you​ and you​ will be a​ statistic at​ 40. Do not laugh,​ my leading hand lost his life because he did not do the​ right thing. it​ can happen to​ you.

#6. Limit the​ Amount of​ Time Spent Dealing With Emails

Technology is​ a​ wonderful thing,​ but when technology rules your life,​ then you​ have a​ big problem and very quickly technology like email can overwhelm you​ causing you​ to​ become stressed. One of​ the​ rules my team and I have in​ the​ office is​ that nobody must respond to​ emails for more than 60 minutes per day. the​ reason we have put this rule into place,​ is​ that many of​ my team and our corporate clients spend their whole day emailing each other rather than dealing with the​ issues at​ hand.

How often have you​ received an​ email on​ one topic and then have the​ content of​ the​ email go off in​ another direction right before your eyes? I was working in​ one corporate organisation as​ an​ external consultant and very often all I would do is​ simply respond to​ emails all day long and get nothing done. Most of​ the​ emails could have been dealt with a​ 2 second phone call. in​ one of​ the​ offices I was working in,​ it​ was an​ open plan office layout and I had a​ bloke working directly across from me,​ who refused to​ speak to​ me or​ anyone else on​ the​ floor and all he did was when he had an​ issue,​ he would send an​ email.

This is​ a​ crazy way to​ do business and it​ does not work and only causes technology stress. My solution,​ each time he emailed me,​ I simply spoke the​ answer back to​ him. He got the​ point after a​ while and my email load went down when he spoke to​ me rather than emailed me. Technology is​ supposed to​ make life easier,​ not take over your life,​ so if​ you​ have a​ question and the​ person is​ sitting in​ the​ next office,​ get up and knock on​ their door and ask the​ question.

By doing this you​ are undertaking item number 6 which is​ limiting your emails and item number 3 which is​ get up and do some office exercises. That little bit of​ walking will help get the​ blood flowing through you​ veins.

#7. Be Prepared to​ Say "NO!"

We all want to​ get ahead in​ the​ world today and I am sure in​ everyone there is​ a​ little part of​ us that wants to​ live the​ life of​ Bill Gates and Donald Trump and be as​ rich as​ them. However,​ most of​ us make the​ mistake of​ simply saying yes to​ everything that is​ thrown at​ us. Now whilst that is​ great to​ say yes,​ people like Bill Gates and Donald Trump have teams of​ people to​ help them,​ and in​ all honesty you​ maybe on​ their teams,​ but all of​ us are only human and sometimes we simply have to​ say "NO!"

Where is​ the​ point in​ saying to​ our bosses,​ "Yes we will have this 500 page report written for you​ tomorrow". When in​ reality there is​ absolutely no chance of​ that occurring. Sometimes in​ this world you​ simply have to​ say no and that does not go just for the​ boss,​ it​ also goes for the​ customers as​ well. My team and I have a​ seven day schedule across the​ various businesses I run and whilst we do not all work seven days a​ week,​ sometimes we do work six days a​ week to​ get through our responsibilities. One weekend I had one of​ our customers,​ mind you​ it​ was 6:30 am on​ a​ Sunday morning demand one of​ my team from our car cleaning business,​ drop everything and clean their car at​ 7:00am because an​ important family member was coming.

There were many responses I could have given,​ but my simple answer was NO! the​ customer ranted and raved for about 10 minutes by which time I was imagining them naked yelling at​ me,​ which really was a​ funny site and then when they were finished and I simply asked them would they be prepared to​ work all week including Saturday and Sunday for the​ next 2 weeks and their reply was "NO,​ My Weekends Are My Own and I am not working them for anyone." Then I simply responding by saying to​ them,​ then there is​ your answer and I hung up. you​ know the​ funny thing,​ they rang me on​ Monday morning and apologised and we did the​ top car cleaning service on​ their car the​ following week. I charged them more as​ well.

Most customers will accept the​ answer of​ No when they understand why you​ are saying No. Some will not,​ but then do you​ really need them as​ customers anyway.

#8. Take your shoes off and walk on​ the​ carpet

This is​ my favorite de-stressing activity and it​ shocks the​ living daylights out of​ everyone. I first met a​ lady about 10 years ago who was in​ her early fortys and nothing seemed to​ shake her stature. She was always calm and never got flustered and I asked her what her secret was and she said,​ "I always take my shoes off as​ often as​ possible so I can stay in​ touch with the​ earth". This was a​ really prominent statement for me,​ because I never really thought of​ my shoes as​ a​ tool to​ disconnect us from our surroundings but if​ you​ think about it,​ it​ makes sense.

If you​ go down to​ the​ beach,​ what is​ the​ first thing you​ do. you​ take off your shoes to​ feel the​ sand through you​ feet and how does it​ make you​ feel,​ relaxed. if​ you​ go to​ the​ park with the​ children,​ what do you​ do? Take your shoes off so you​ can run around and have fun or​ to​ play in​ the​ mud. Whether we realise it​ or​ not,​ when we disconnect ourselves from mother earth we really do start to​ stress.

I now always take my shoes off when I am working in​ my office,​ including my socks just so I can feel something more inspirational under my feet rather than just the​ hard soles of​ my shoes. I know another corporate CEO in​ Brisbane Australia,​ who used to​ walk down to​ Anzac Square every lunch hour to​ walk on​ the​ grass so that he could stay in​ touch with the​ world. Hey,​ if​ it​ works in​ the​ movie Pretty Woman,​ surely it​ must work.

#9. Play Music

Listening to​ the​ right type of​ music is​ really important when you​ are trying to​ reduce stress and find your inner peace. Some music when listened to,​ whilst stressed,​ can in​ fact heighten your stress levels. One type of​ music,​ which research has shown to​ help reduce stress is​ Baroque music. This music is​ written so that there is​ only 60 beats per minute and funny enough that is​ what our heart rate should be. the​ baroque music has been found to​ increase the​ alpha waves in​ your left and right sides of​ your brain which help improve your learning ability,​ creativity and calmness.

Whilst you​ are working in​ the​ office on​ a​ demanding piece of​ work,​ simply put in​ a​ CDROM of​ music and listen to​ it​ as​ you​ are completing the​ work,​ but honestly do watch the​ type of​ music you​ are listening to​ or​ it​ can back fire. Most corporate organisations are now realising the​ benefit of​ staff listening to​ music during the​ day and with 90% of​ corporate computers having CDROMs,​ it​ is​ possible to​ listen to​ music on​ your computer whilst doing your work,​ you​ may just need headphones. I work in​ hundreds of​ corporate organisations a​ year and only one had a​ no music policy and that was because they were a​ call centre,​ which I can understand. There is​ no reason why you​ can not listen to​ music during your break though to​ ensure you​ a​ feeling calm before hitting those phones again.

#10. Meditate

Okay,​ I can hear it​ now,​ "Oh Yeah Hippy,​ Want Us to​ Meditate do ya." Absolutely! Look whilst meditation has certainly been a​ thing of​ fringe groups in​ western society or​ associated with more eastern religions many researchers are now coming to​ the​ distinct conclusion that meditation can make a​ huge difference to​ our day-to-day lives and helps us to​ overcome stress.

The core advantage meditation will play in​ your office is​ to​ help you​ to​ relax and deal with challenging situations more effectively. the​ more relaxed you​ are the​ more creative you​ can be in​ dealing with any issues that arise. I certainly recommend that when you​ are meditating,​ that you​ use baroque music with your meditation as​ it​ will help increase the​ alpha waves which will help lead you​ to​ a​ calm feeling. This is​ especially useful if​ you​ do not have a​ long period to​ meditate. I recommend a​ 20 minute meditation session at​ least once a​ day preferably two. you​ will be really surprised the​ difference it​ makes to​ your day. Just try it​ out,​ you​ have nothing to​ loose and the​ rest of​ your life to​ gain

The office environment in​ these millennia is​ far more stressful than they were a​ century ago,​ but there are things you​ can do about it​ but it​ is​ up to​ you. Remember,​ we only have one life and it​ is​ not a​ dress rehearsal so get out and reduce the​ stress your office gives you​ and have some fun. to​ finish off let me reiterate the​ ten things you​ can do to​ reduce your stress at​ the​ office.

#1. Have a​ Photo of​ the​ Happiest Time in​ Your Life
#2. Think of​ Your Boss Yelling at​ you​ Naked
#3. Get Up and Do Some Office Exercises
#4. Schedule Enough Time to​ Go From One Meeting to​ Another
#5. Plan Your Day
#6. Limit the​ Amount of​ Time Spent Dealing With Emails
#7. Be Prepared to​ Say "NO!"
#8. Take your shoes off and walk on​ the​ carpet
#9. Play Music
#10. Meditate




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