Are you finding your workday is leaving you completely frazzled and stressed when you get home? If so, read up on the following tips, and keep your office stocked with a healthy vending machine to ease your office anxiety and make your home life more relaxing as well.
1) Start the day with a large glass of water.
The best way to lubricate, hydrate, and detox your entire body is by drinking a glass of filtered water first thing in the morning. For extra credit, add lemon juice! Coffee is dehydrating, so wait until you’ve had some breakfast and at least one glass of water before having your morning cup. You’ll find yourself less anxious and won’t experience such a large caffeine crash.
2) Take breaks to breathe.
It’s easy to get lost in our workdays. Meetings, deadlines, and a full inbox can take a toll on our mental health. It’s important to remind yourself to breathe! Practice a simple breathing exercise of 5 second inhales and 8 second exhales. Practice this for 5 minutes per day and you’ll notice awareness coming back to your body, which will help you relax in tense or overwhelming moments.
3) Organize your workspace.
For me, a clean and uncluttered workspace is absolutely necessary to get any work done. Take a few minutes every evening to tidy up your space, put pens in their cups, paper work in its correct folder or recycling bin and clean any plates or cups that may be on your desk. Now when you get to the office in the morning, you are starting with a clean slate!
4) Take breaks to look at personal items.
I love to have pictures of my pets, my husband, and my travels on my desk; it brings me a lot of calm and joy to be reminded of fun moments. If you’re feeling the panic start to rise after a meeting, just look at your adorable pet and trust me, you’ll be smiling in no time!
5) Schedule a meeting with yourself.
If your schedule gets totally booked up with meetings, make sure to schedule some of your own time in your calendar. That way, you will be more present in your meetings because you know you’ll have time later to get that important task done.
6) Create a mantra for stressful moments.
Everyone has moments of not feeling good enough and doubt. It’s important to remind yourself you are not in control of everything. Research has proven you can change your outlook with just a simple phrase. One mantra I like to use is, “I have been here before. I will be here again’,” or even simpler, “This too shall pass.” Write it down and put it near your computer for times of stress.
7) Take a snack break in the afternoon.
Get away from your desk for at least 10 minutes in the afternoon and have a snack. Eating something small and healthy can help you maintain your weight, keep blood sugar and mood regulated, give you energy and boost your brain power. If your business is lacking a healthy repertoire of snacks, have them contact Balanced Vending about a free vending machine!
8) Drink water all day.
Just as important as hydrating in the morning is drinking clean, filtered water all day long. Water is the foundation for maintaining optimal health and will help curb cravings for soda and sugar, which can both be harmful to your body and should be taken in moderation.
9) Express gratitude.
The more we realize how great we have it, the less stressed we become. This also allows us to live in the present moment versus worrying about unknowns in our future.
10) Get a good night’s sleep.
Make dinner the smallest meal of your day, power down all of your devices by 9:00PM and avoid alcohol before bed. If you have trouble sleeping, try melatonin to help ease your body to sleep with its natural rhythm. Just one extra hour can have a large impact on your energy levels and overall health!
Start by trying one or more of these tips, and hopefully you will find more calm and ease in your workday! If you have other tips that work well for you, please leave them in the comments; we’d love to hear!