Navigating a heavy workload and performance pressure in the office can take a toll on your mind and body. For National Employee Wellness Month, make a conscious effort to reduce your stress levels to support your overall well being. While working out and eating well outside the office is necessary, bringing health goals into the office is just as important for living a stress-free life.
Low or normal blood pressure, better sleep, less sick days from work, and a healthy body are all benefits of reducing stress levels in the workplace. Remember these ten tips to curb office anxiety.
Haley's Top Ten Tips for Relieving Office Anxiety
- Consider a Standing Desk: Standing desks provide you with movement and subtle exercise throughout the day. Higher energy levels, increased core and leg strength, and increased concentration are all benefits of standing at your desk.
- Take Short Walks: Walking around frequently increases blood circulation throughout your body, giving you more energy. If you sit at your desk, this is a great chance to check your posture and exercise your body.
- Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water at work! Staying hydrated is important for performance inside and out of the office. The more hydrated you become the less sluggish you will feel. In return, you will be more productive.
- Keep a Healthy Diet: Eating healthy food helps you manage your weight and stress so that you do not turn to eating as a form of comfort in high anxiety situations.
- Rest your Eyes: Staring at computer screens and reading documents strains our eyes. Look away from the computer regularly to keep your eyes healthy and strong.
- Squeeze a Stress ball: Keeping a stress ball at your desk to squeeze on can help you release tension that you may otherwise store in your body.
- Invest in Essential Oils: Many types of essential oils help reduce stress. Keep a small bottle at your desk. You can apply the oils directly to the skin, smell them, or burn them (not advised because starting a fire in your office would be awkward and potentially cause you to have more anxiety).
- Keep a Plant at your Desk: Office space can often times be boring and monochromatic. Plants not only add color. They offer many benefits to an office space such as helping to reduce sickness, improve air quality, and calm your nerves.
- Counseling: If you are feeling extremely anxious and would like an objective third party to talk to about your crazy workload or M.I.A. coworker, consider counseling.
- Stay Involved Outside of Work: It is tempting to run straight to the couch after work, but finding interests to develop apart from work can reduce stress and just as important, create a work-life balance.
As professionals, we tend to let work become our entire lives which can lead to an overwhelming amount of anxiety. Taking steps to stay stress free in the office is imperative for your long-term and short-term health. For National Employee Wellness Month, adopt these tips to go from stress to success in the office. Don't forget to share with your co-workers!
A food enthusiast and native Georgia Peach, Haley recently graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors of Science in Sustainable Development. Currently working at the United States House of Representatives, she is passionate about the outdoors, improved access to quality education for all, public policy, and documenting “from stress to success in the city.” Click here to read more about and connect with Haley.
Edited by Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D.How do you deal with office anxiety?