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Destressing at Work

Have you ever felt stressed or felt like there is no way to de-stress at work? Even though many of us have felt stress, it is different when you’re stressed at work because you are limited to the activities you can do versus when you’re at home. For example, you can’t take a long nap, sit outside for hours, or go for a stroll in the park.

First, let’s define De-stress. De-stress means to relax after a period of work or tension (Google search). De-stressing at work can help you identify and overcome challenges that arise throughout the day. Many de-stressing methods only take a few minutes, allowing you to do them at your desk or on your lunch break. Understanding how to relieve stress can increase your motivation, improve your productivity, and help you feel more satisfied with your job. For this month, a de-stress method we will focus on is Chair Yoga. Chair Yoga is a gentle practice in which postures are performed while seated and/or with the aid of a chair.

Furthermore, it allows you to create space and ease in the body and chair yoga is for all ages. Also, chair yoga gives special attention to the upper body, shoulders, heart space, and spine through gentle movement and mindful breathing.

When you have 2, 5, 10 or 20 mins here are some links that you can try to help relieve stress:

1. 2- Minute Chair Yoga. - https://youtu.be/-oL24gv9uts


2. 3-minute Chair Yoga Link - https://youtu.be/EHL-xr3OPaQ


3. 5- minute Chair yoga link - https://youtu.be/DOY30-u2Eas


4. 10- minute chair yoga link - https://youtu.be/IKW8X0-2Eww


5. 20- Minute Chair Yoga- https://youtu.be/WAlnQJw_ByU


As many of us have experienced, too much stress can lead to extreme burnout and a lack of motivation in the workplace. This burnout and lack of motivation oftentimes ends up carrying over to our life outside of work as well. It can take a toll on our mental well-being. In order to avoid extreme stress levels and burnout, it’s crucial to take control of your workload and stay on top of your tasks, even if your workload feels impossible to tackle.

Below are some tips that can be used to help you to stay motivated in the workplace. Consistently utilizing these tips will help you to stay on top of your tasks and not feel so overwhelmed.

1. Prioritize and plan out your day – although this sounds simple, it’s important to plan out your day as much as possible in order to stay on task and not let other priorities throw you off schedule. It’s easy to have a to-do list written out but have other issues distract you from the current task you were working on. When planning out your day, try writing down the top priorities that must be done that day. Further, schedule a specific timeframe for when you will complete the task that day, and only allow yourself to work on that one task during that timeframe.


2. Set a timer and break up your day – Setting timers can be extremely effective at building motivation and staying on task. For example, if your inbox is overflowing with emails and you don’t know how where to start, try setting a timer for 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or however long works with your schedule. During this time, only allow yourself to respond to emails, and do not let yourself work on anything else. Put your phone and all other distractions away. Once the timer goes off, stop and move on to the next task on your list (or give yourself a well-deserved break)!


3. Step away! – This tip is oftentimes much easier said than done. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day stresses at work. You can be working to get as much done as possible, and suddenly you check the clock only to realize you haven’t stood up in hours. When planning out your day, block off specific times that will be used to step away from your desk and take a break. This can be as short as a 10–15 minute break to step outside, walk around, and enjoy some fresh air. Something as simple as this can help clear your mind and leave you feeling rejuvenated and motivated. #contentcreatorsunited.

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