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  • Veronika Tracy Smith, PhD, PCC, NBC-HWC

How To De-Stress At Work

Stress is inversely proportional to a person’s efficiency at work. The more stress accumulates for us, the more likely our performance; mental clarity and efficiency will suffer. This can be seen in the lives of many people whether we are self-employed or working in someone else’s business, where it is a challenge to find time to relieve stress. You may think that de-stressing can only occur outside the workplace. However, we can still de-stress at work by doing some simple things listed in this article. Read on and find out more.

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How to De-stress at Work Different people make use of different stress relievers which is why there are numerous methods that are listed here. The workplace presents an imposing environment on many employees. However, it can also be a haven when treated as such. To de-stress at work, employees may need to find quiet areas or solitary areas such as libraries where they can have some time for themselves. In these areas, employees can do a little bit of light reading, meditation, and whatever else they do to relieve their stress. Employees may also de-stress at cafeterias and fitness facilities if those are their chosen stress relievers. Basically, all that an employee needs to do is to find a place where he can relax and just do his stress reliever.

If you cannot get away from your desk here is another thing to lower stress at work. Try progressive relaxation, first introduced in 1929 by a Chicago physician, Edmund Jacobson. This is so simple – you can try it now by noticing the amount of tension in your right hand. Now make a very tight fist, squeezing tightly and notice how it feels. Now release the tension and witness what you feel in your hand. By tensing an area of the body and then releasing it you create relaxation. You can run through each major muscle group as you sit at your desk.

I do this at my desk all the time. I have been a workaholic and learned the importance of taking breaks once an hour and at the very least every 2 hours. Even when I am on the phone with a client I will stand up and walk around then tighten my entire body release and do it again.

I wear a fitness tracker that quietly tells me when I have been sitting too long. When we sit too long, over 90 minutes, our focus and concentration go down and the tension in our body goes up. This is not a good combination for health and wellness, nor is it what we want for ourselves or our employees. As entrepreneurs, leaders and executives in business it is important to recognize the research around health and wellness and to know the bottom line suffers when we do not create an environment of self care.

Benefits of Less Stress at Work By doing progressive relaxation you will gain muscle strength, lower the tension and stress in your body, lower your anxiety, body aches, decrease fatigue, gain mental clarity and increase focus. Breaks are good for us and our bottom line!

If you need help to de-stress at work or to develop a program for your business give us a call and we will help you make the conscious difference in your business,leadership and bottom line. Research in the Harvard Business Review shows that hiring an Executive Coach will increase your Return on Investment (ROI) by 5-7 times.

About the Author

Veronika Tracy-Smith, PhD

Veronika has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation and a Board Certified Personal, Executive and Leadership Coach. She has been a psychotherapists in private practice for over 28 years as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California. She is certified as a Spiritual Intelligence Coach and Trainer through Deep Change. Veronika has done coaching and presentations in business, law enforcement, spiritual communities, Employee Assistance Programs, and with non-profit, county and state agencies since 1994. Read More About Veronika.

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