In our modern, bustling world of careers, family and social obligations, and endless to-do lists, it can be tempting to want to “do it all.” There are countless articles and tips online for how to “add more hours to your day,” or how to be more productive. But what about stress prevention?
If you have a busy, successful career, odds are, you spend most of your time at work. This can be both rewarding and taxing, as it can take away from the other things that are important to you and make it hard to live a balanced life. But we’d like to give you some stress prevention pointers that can make your time at work (and therefore outside of work) less stressful!
5 Simple Tips For Stress Prevention at Work
Develop Healthy Responses to Stress
One of the biggest things we do here at our stress prevention center is teach people how to deal with stress in healthy ways. When we get stressed in life, we tend to look to unhealthy coping mechanisms to feel better.
Oftentimes, we end up doing things that are bad for our bodies such as drinking, smoking, eating unhealthy foods, or worse. These habits can be ok in moderation, but if we overdo them, the short- and long-term effects can be serious.
Stress prevention techniques such as mindfulness meditation, trauma management yoga, and life coaching sessions can all teach you how to manage stress and prevent a negative cycle from happening. Being aware of your responses to stressful situations can help you guide yourself away from unhealthy behaviors that will only cause more tension and illness in the long run.
Acting rather than reacting can go a long way to making you feel more in control of things that cause you anxiety so you can boost your confidence, concentration and overall well-being.
Eat Right and Sleep Well
Speaking of unhealthy coping mechanisms, how is your sleep? How is your diet? Many of us have it in the back of our minds that we want to improve our eating and sleeping habits, but don’t actually take steps to do so because it seems like one more item on the to-do list.
In fact, diet and sleep can be the first things that suffer when we get busy and stressed. However, having poor habits in either of these arenas only serves to exacerbate stress, and should be the first line of defense against it.
When it comes to food, start small. Try to pack a healthy lunch and snacks so you don’t grab something last-minute when you have to eat at your desk. Or try not to eat at your desk at all!
When it comes to sleep, try learning stress prevention techniques such as body scan meditation or yoga nidra. Both have been shown to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. And definitely try to stay away from your electronics at least an hour before you get into bed. The light that they emit promotes wakefulness and confuses your circadian rhythm.
Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Break
During a hectic day at work, it can be particularly difficult to carve out time for yourself. But small breaks can go a long way in stress prevention- they can boost your energy levels, enthusiasm and productivity.
Try some short breathing exercises or mindfulness meditation at your desk. Take a yoga class over your lunch break- many companies have started offering classes right at the office, so it’s almost impossible to say no! Anything you can do to clear your mind, even in a small way, will make your day more manageable.
Don’t Be Afraid to Take a (Big) Break
Seriously, folks. According to several reports from 2016, Americans gave up half their vacation time last year! HALF! You have vacation time for a reason! It’s a great way to prevent burnout, help with stress prevention, and take a step away from the everyday to gain some perspective.
Allowing yourself leisure time will not make you look lazy or dispensable. You’ll have more job security if you’re refreshed, inspired and not overworked. Not to mention that vacations tend to make people more productive and not less. And remember: working on vacation doesn’t count as vacation! Which takes us to our next point…
Leave Work Where It Belongs
Like we said above, you have to take time to recharge, and it’s impossible to do so if you’re constantly thinking about work. Try to be present in your off time. If your mind is at work, then you’re not technically off! If your job, your family, your friends, and everything else in your life are all important to you, then it’s important to give each of them the attention they deserve!
Stress prevention practices such as meditation and mindfulness yoga can help you train your mind to stay in the moment when it matters, both at work and away. One of the best things you can do for a well-balanced life is learn how to compartmentalize the pieces of it so you can focus on each one when it matters.
Stress prevention at work can seem like a daunting task, but there are small (and big!) things you can do to make sure your work life doesn’t overwhelm the rest. All the pieces of your life are important, and we’re here to help you prioritize them all! Come check out what we offer at our Rancho Mirage, California facility. We’re excited to get you on the path to a well-balanced and happy life!