Time to Break Out of Your Stress Bubble with These 5 Easy Tricks

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If you’re reading this at work right now, take a second to answer these questions:

  • Are your shoulders hunched and aching?
  • Are you fidgety, and keep glancing at the clock that never seems to change?
  • Do you feel the ever-present, ever-crushing weight of deadlines looming in the near-distance?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, and even if you didn’t, you’re probably stressed. We get it, we’re stressed too. Everyone’s stressed. Whether you work from home, own your own business, are the head of the department, or feel like just another cog in the machine, we’re all stressed.

But if you came to this article thinking, “hey, this thing says it has tips for how to de-stress at work, and that is definitely something that I need,” then you’re in luck. Here are some quick and easy tips to help you chill at the office.

Get out of the office

Stand up right now and walk out the door. Okay, maybe not right now , but the next time you have a free minute or 20 and need to de-stress. Take a walk around the building, or even around the block if you have the time. Getting out of your head and your office for a few minutes will help break up your day, give you some exercise, and take you out of the artificial light. Let that sunlight warm up your face (but wear sunscreen).

Too cold to walk outside? Walk around inside your building, if you can. Take the long way to and from the restroom, stop and chat with Jess in Finance (but not about work, and not about Game of Thrones because she’s a few episodes behind and hates spoilers). Just get away from your desk.

Make a to do list

To do lists are great. Not only do they help you organize everything you need to get done, but they help keep things from falling through the cracks. Whether you do this every day, or once a week, create a to do list with due dates and priorities, and you’ll be amazed at how much stress that alleviates. Plus, is there’s anything more satisfying than crossing something off a list?

Sleep, baby, sleep

Not at the office. Don’t sleep at the office. But making sure you get plenty of rest will help reset your body and your mind, making your work less stressful in the morning. Try to keep electronics out of your bedroom, and turn off all the lights at the same time each night. And do you know what kind of impact a lack of sleep has on your body, not to mention your mind? It’s not pretty. That’s why they call it “beauty rest.”

Eat better

If your office is anything like mine, there’s a candy jar with some tempting treat within 10 feet of you, no matter where you are in the office. And people bring in donuts or bagels or homemade goodies on such a regular basis you’d think there was a contest going on. But all that sugar can make you feel as gross as your stress can. So bring in healthy snacks and grab one of those before you head for the chocolate. Just the act of eating an apple will make you feel better, and reduce some of your stress.

Let it all out

So there’s this thing in Sweden called the Flogsta Scream, where once a week, university students scream out into the night air. It helps them relieve stress and release all their frustration about homework, finals, loans, and the impending doom of adulthood.

Now, we’re not saying you should let out a scream at 10am every Tuesday in the middle of your office, but talking to someone about your stress, singing as you walk around the building, or even just letting out a deep breath can have the same releasing effect. Or talk to your boss about a midday scream — maybe he’s stressed and could use the release too.

Don’t worry, you aren’t alone in the stress bubble. We’re all feeling some stress, but you might feel less stress after you try these easy tips.

At Dime, we encourage our staff to de-stress to ensure they stay happy and healthy to help our customers each and every day.

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