Health experts say your ability to deal with anxious moments at work will help you to avoid the angry outbursts and sleepless nights that all happen because of stress. A mentally ill entrepreneur or worker is susceptible to malfunctioning. No entrepreneur or boss would want to have a worker who underperforms, no matter the form of tension he is undergoing. Hence, the onus is on the employee or entrepreneur to deliver on his or her job, despite the stress faced. Below are simple ways to relax at work when stressed, according to experts:
Take a stroll
Experts say you should learn to occasionally stroll out of the office or move to an open space when stressed at work. This is because when you think about the average office, you will realise that it is a stress breeding ground. Your eyes are barraged with fluorescent light, your skin is chilled with ducted air conditioning and your ears are constantly being tormented by co-workers, printers and chattering keyboards. Most employees who work in this kind of environment need to understand that when an individual spends most part of the day indoors dealing with the daily grind, he is bound to lose a lot of perspective. A stressful event seems like the end of the world and you spend the rest of the day brooding and thinking about it over and over again. It is like there is nothing else going on in the world.
Experts say when you feel like your whole world is becoming engulfed in stress and anxiety, one of the simplest things you can do is go outside in the sun in a wide open space. The effect is wonderfully relaxing. According to health professionals, sunlight, for starters, has been scientifically proven to make you happier. It causes Vitamin D to be produced in your body and this is a natural anti-depressant. They note that a wide open space helps you to get back some perspective. Being able to shift your perspective is a wonderful human quality that many people take for granted. Get outdoors to a wide open sunny spot and just slow down and regain some perspective. This helps to reduce work stress.
Focus on your breath
This, according to experts, is one of the most effective and simple ways to deal with tension at work. This stress control measure requires you to bring your attention and focus to the breath coming in and out of your nose. Experts say this method is one of the best ways to deal with tension right there in the office. They note that the main purpose of calm abiding meditation is to attain a state called “single pointed concentration,” where the mediator can focus on any given object for as long as they want without their thoughts wandering away to other areas. Of course, this takes time to master and is not really what we are concerned with here. We are concerned with relieving tension. According to professionals, calm abiding meditation is also said to have the ability to heal some minor health problems and will also clear up headaches, neck aches and other stress related issues.
To practise this, all you need to do is sit down and very slowly bring your attention to your breath. Focus on the feeling of the breath going in and out of your nose. If other thoughts enter into your mind just let them pass. Don’t judge them or try to force them out. Just notice them and then bring your awareness back to the breath. Now we are going to count 10 rounds of the breath. A “round” is one inhale and one exhale. This is a lot harder than you think because the stressed mind will jump around like a monkey whose pants are on fire! If you lose count before you get to 10 simply start again. Experts say this meditation is a short-term and a long-term solution. In the short term, it will calm you down and cause anxious thoughts to dissipate and weaken. In the long term, it will help you to manage stress and become aware of stressful thoughts as they arise. When you become more aware in this way, stress becomes less and less of a dictator and you become more and more in control. This method has worked for many and will work for you if you find time to adopt it.
Listen to soothing music
Of course, listening to music with your headphones on also helps you to relax. Pick something you know will put you at ease. Your choice of music must be one that calms your nerves and would not disturb other colleagues. This is why it is advisable to use headphones if you work in an office that accommodates other individuals. Experts say classical music is a really fantastic way to relax when you are feeling stressed and anxious at work. According to them, it is advisable to play something that has a smooth violin sound or a melodic piano. Install some good music on your iPod, smartphone or laptop, and listen to the tunes when you feel like the office is starting to get you down. By doing this, you will considerably manage most forms of tension at work.