Guest Post byVida Denning –Stress is a side-effect of modern day living and particularly of working in an office environment. There’s no getting away from stress – unless you move to the countryside but even then it’s stressful not having modern amenities – but there are always of dealing with it with stress busters. Because office work is highly stressful, not only because you’re working in such close proximity to different personalities all day, every day, but also because your body eventually takes strain from sitting down most of the time and then you’re dealing with the stress of pain and discomfort. So where do you draw the line and decide to eliminate as much stress as you can, from your work environment?
Breathe. In a stressful situation that calls for calm, but your temper didn’t get the memo, before saying anything, slow your breathing down and focus on the repetition for several seconds before dealing with what’s at hand. It’s easier said than done when you’re dealing with difficult clients, bosses and colleagues, but it’s one of the most effective ways of lowering your blood pressure thereby lowering your need to react unfavorably to a stressful situation of say…going postal.
The correct chair. There are many people sitting on badly designed or broken chairs that either wobbles or leans putting pressure on spines, which start to stress when compensating for the imbalance. Short-term: you’ll have minor back pain. Long-term: your spine may start to feel the effects and medical help will be the only option. If you have an unbalance or rickety chair, ask that it be replaced urgently.
Sitting correctly. Having the perfect chair doesn’t preclude your from doing your part. Ensure you sit with your back straight, shoulders down, both feet on the ground and entire body relaxed, this will already make you feel less like you’re on a mission to rid the world of nasty bosses, and more comfortable with doing your stressful job.
‘Me’ time. This is my favorite time. Me time is an extremely important stress buster, particularly if you’re dealing with stress at work and then have little ones at home who consider personal space and your time non-existent. Ensure you set aside some time for yourself, during the week, to do stress busting that you enjoy. Don’t take your ‘me’ time to go partying until 4 a.m.; it’s pointless if you wake up exhausted and ratty from your “relaxing” time.
Go for a run. It’s easier said than done for people who run 20 metres and can already ‘feel the burn!’ Try it anyway. Running is a great way to clear the head, and if 20 metres is all you can manage, at least you’re not stressed about work, and are more focused on your lungs crying out for relief.
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