Is your inbox already full, the phone always ringing and you feel like you are adding two more things to your ‘to do’ list for every one you cross off…?
Why not start 2017 as you mean to carry on and try these simple stress management tips.
1 Take a breath
Taking a few deep breaths is a great way to allow you to stop, focus your thoughts and enable you to work through tasks one at a time.
Some great techniques for breathing and other ideas to help calm and focus the mind can be found here.
2 Keep moving
On bright winter days top up your Vitamin D levels and get the blood moving by taking a brisk 5-minute walk outside. Why not take the long route to a meeting or take the stairs instead of a lift? Or even better go and speak to a colleague instead of picking up the phone or sending an email.
Time away from your desk also helps to clear your mind and enables you to look at issues with a fresh pair of eyes!
3 Get Connected
On those difficult days, establishing a positive connection with someone can be a great way to bring issues back into perspective. You may talk for a few minutes about something you are looking forward to or share a funny story.
This simple technique can help to restore a positive attitude for you and those around you too!
4 Time out
Even the most focused mind will wander from time to time. With many people in the office for more than 8 hours a day embracing distractions as part of the working day can have a positive effect on mood and help you to re-focus.
Why not read a few pages of a favourite book at lunchtime or during a coffee break. Book marking a few ‘safe-for-work’ websites can be a great way to keep up to date with current affairs, lighten the mood with amusing articles, learn a new skill or find out about local events near you.
Here are some ideas to try!
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