How to de-stress at work, and why it matters

Work is something we all have to do, but a lot of people forget we all have to relax as well. If you’re stuck in an office, sometimes it isn’t so easy to find peace and calm in the middle of a busy day. That’s why it’s important to spend your break times wisely. No matter how much of  a work load you have, taking five, ten, fifteen or twenty minutes to zone out a bit and concentrate on things other than work will do wonders for you daily.

Here are a few suggestions:

1. Breathing exercises: A lot of what we talk about on this blog surrounds breathing exercises. Finding your deepest breaths and zeroing in on your inhale and exhale will be enough to relax even the most anxious mind. Concentration can be sharpened through breathing techniques; it can help you focus on a task or focus on yourself. This blog has a lot of suggestions, like here.

2. Getting outside: Even if you work downtown and are surrounded by buildings galore, if it’s a nice day try stepping outside for a few minutes. Sunshine and fresh air will help recharge your batteries. Vitamin D is a natural anti-depressant, so a few minutes in the sun every day will help. Also, if you expose yourself to a wide open space, it will change the way you view your situations; working in a tight, closed-off environment can encourage stress and anxiety. The more open the space is, the more freedom you will feel.

3. Clear out the clutter: Nothing stresses out the mind more than clutter and stuff everywhere around it. Try to take a moment to clearing out any garbage, broken pens, extra papers, or dust. Try to redecorate your space as you see fit. Use neutral colours, add a plant or two and maybe even add a light scent (depending on office policies.) Change and re-create your actual work environment to help ease your mind.

4. Listen to music: Music is a great way to keep you focused on your work, while at the same time giving you a little mental break every now and then. It has been proven that classical music is an effective way of helping us concentrate better. Depending on the office policies, you could try playing something at a low volume at your desk, or listen to some music while wearing headphones during your lunch break. Also listening to music on your way to work, and on your way back is a great way of preparing yourself for the work day.

5. Take antioxidants: Antioxidants are great mood boosters, and there are many ways you can consume them. Green tea and blueberries are among the many, many options to choose from. Antioxidants relax the system, allow better focus, reduce stress levels and are known to have excellent calming effects.

What are some of the ways you relax? Let us know at or Tweet us @ReleaseUrVoice!


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1 Response to How to de-stress at work, and why it matters

  1. I also believe a key element in managing work stress not allowing the stress to follow you home thus spilling over into your personal life. From there, it just constantly builds upon itself until it becomes chronic and serious. I believe a “Transition Ritual” is one way to do this. Find a place to stop, visit or explore on your way home to separate your two worlds. Great tips!

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