We all seem to be running a million miles per hour, juggling many tasks and for most of us there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done. This tends to increase our stress levels and that in turn impacts our productivity, but more importantly our health. But there are a few easy things you can do to help reduce stress level and increase your efficiency at work.
Break it Up
Peel your eyes off that computer screen for five to ten minutes every hour. Look at a point across the room, or if possible out a window and rest a bit. You can also stand up and stretch a little. Take frequent short breaks rather than infrequent longer breaks. You will feel more energized and refreshed throughout the day.
Breathe it Out
When you are taking a break or when you need a break from tackling emails or from sitting in meeting after meeting, stop, sit quietly and take 10 deep breaths exhaling and inhaling slowly on each breath. You will be amazed how much this can help calm those nerves, release tension and get you thinking clearly again.
Walk or Run it Off
Try splitting your lunch break in half and work in a short run or walk. This is especially helpful if you have had a stressful morning or anxiety building up for an afternoon presentation. Try it and you will feel better, more relaxed and ready to take on the second half of your day.
Right Food = Right Mind
Junk food will make you feel sluggish, add on the pounds and make it difficult to concentrate. Try bringing your lunch and packing healthy snacks you can eat throughout the day. You will quickly feel the difference at work, in your waistline and in your wallet.