If we’re being honest with ourselves, I think we can all agree that life can be stressful, especially our work-life. Stress is not necessarily an indicator of your dislike for the work you’re doing, but an indicator that you should instead start focusing time on yourself and find ways to deal with that stress within the workplace on a daily basis. It’s just a matter of practice. After all, stress is natural, but it should be managed. Sometimes you can get caught up in the fast speed of work and lose track on the importance of keeping a calm mind.
Here are 6 simple ways that you can de-stress in the workplace:
Take a coffee break (outside of the office)
One of my favorite things to do during the work day is to grab a co-worker and head out of the office for a 15-minute coffee break. There are tons of coffee shops around our offices, which makes it easy and quick. Often times, we take “the long way home” to make sure that we’re getting enough fresh air to re-energize ourselves for the afternoon. Most managers should be okay with this short break – I know through my personal experiences; my managers have always encouraged these breaks. Get out and grab some fresh air and coffee.
Use a PTO day and go somewhere
Taking a personal day is one of the most impactful ways to re-charge and lose the stress you’ve been feeling. Ask your manager if you can take a personal day to recharge and let them know that you’ll come back even stronger. Here at Turbonomic we have unlimited PTO. Now, we aren’t saying that our employees are taking days off left and right, but it does make the process of getting time off much easier. Any day I need for personal, whether it’s family, medical, travel or another event – I can simply notify my manager and let them know I’m out on personal. One of our cultural values is ‘trust’ which is why we have unlimited PTO – we trust our employees to use good judgement and take the time they need to re-energize and come back focused.
Get away from your desk
This one is very practical and easy to do. Whenever you’re eating lunch, try taking it to the common area, away from your desk. Or even better, go out for a quick meal at a local spot or bring your lunch to a local park outside. Often times, employees will get caught in the cycle of eating lunch at their desks while they work… which isn’t a bad thing (I personally like doing this so I can get through my projects), but every now and then I set days to go sit with friends in the lunch area. It’s a good way to talk about your weekend, get to know someone new or shut off for a few moments.
Go catch up with a friend or colleague in another department
Another very practical action you can take is to simply walk around your office and find one of your friends or colleagues you haven’t seen in a while and check in with them. You can talk work, weekend plans or recent vacations. It’s an easy way to get away from your desk for 10 minutes and a good practice for keeping in touch with your peers.
Listen to music or watch a short clip on YouTube
I’m a big advocate for this one. I listen to music most of the day anyways, since it helps me work, but some people don’t do that. So, if you’re not already listening to music… take 10 minutes to listen to a couple of favorites while you clean out your email inbox or organize your desktop. Another thing you can do is watch a short clip on YouTube. Sometimes I’ll watch a clip from the Late Show, a news segment or a how-to video in the middle of my day. We don’t always have time to watch the news… so take a moment and see what’s going on in the world.
Head to the gym or go for a bike ride
At our office, we’re somewhat health fanatics who love exercise, but if you’re not a health nut like us, just try getting outside for a walk around the city or grab a bike-share bike and cruise around for a bit. We have employees who go to the gym every day. Some of them choose to go in the morning before work, some go during their lunch hour and some go after work to destress before heading home. Whatever you choose, just try making the effort to get your blood flowing for a short period. It will have you thinking clearer and making better decisions both at work and outside of work. Give it a try.
If you have any tips for how you’re de-stressing in the workplace, leave a comment below and let us know. We’d love to hear your tips and tricks.