Simple ways to De-Stress at Work
Even if you love your job, it can leave you feeling stressed. Many causes of work-related stress can be anticipated however, enabling you to enjoy a more relaxed day.
Stress in the office builds up when you have a heavy workload, long hours and tight deadlines, conflict with colleagues or your boss, or a lack of support and advice. Unpleasant working conditions such as crowding, constant interruptions, noise pollution or not enough natural light, may also contribute to work-related stress.
Recognising the Problem
It’s often hard to accept that our own attitudes can contribute to stress at work. If you’re an over-achiever, you may have a calendar crammed far too full of activities. If you find it hard to say “no”, you may be over-extended and overwhelmed. If you are a perfectionist you may find it difficult to delegate work to other people. These sources of stress can be overcome by managing your time better, being more assertive and improving your communication skills.
Simple Work Stress-Busters
No matter how much work you have to do, it’s always good to take a five-minute break between tasks. This gives you a chance to wind down and literally catch your breath. A stress-relieving tonic tea can also ease frazzled nerves.
A Tonic Tea Recipe
- Take three teaspoons each of fresh dandelion and nettle, and one each of blackcurrant and borage leaves.
- Mix together in a tea strainer and leave to infuse in boiling water for five minutes. Strain, and sweeten the tea with lemon and honey.
- Stay in the kitchen and stir the mixture while its infusing. Focusing on making the tonic will help to relax you as much as drinking it will.
- While you’re in the kitchen, you’ll also be breathing in the aroma of the infusing herbs, allowing you to benefit from their soothing properties for longer.