Blog by Nationwide on 5 quick ways you can take that work stress away.
The emails may be coming in thick and fast and the work is piling up around you, but if you don't stop for five minutes you feel like you're going to explode. So here we are, reading about how to stop those feelings of frustration and anxiety.
We're here to arm you with the tools you need to quickly and efficiently ward off the stresses of your work day all while sitting at your desk.
Breathing deeply, right down to your diaphragm can really help to lower your stress levels. Without realising it, when the work starts getting out of our hands our breath starts to come quicker and shallower. Taking a second to breathe right into the belly, and very slowly release the breath can help you relax.
Smells are such a powerful tool for altering your emotions. We associate smells with certain situations and have a much stronger memory when it comes to the nose. Certain things such as citrus, coffee and lavender have calming effects on us by increasing levels of stress related hormones and stimulating the smell receptors.
When we're tense, our whole body can tense up and our neck, shoulders and back really take the brunt of it. Stretching can relieve this. Now, depending on how long you can escape from your desk, you can either try out a yoga class after work or during your lunch hour. Or, if you can't get away, try some simple stretches such as these >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTX0ABKM7Bg
Use your lunch break wisely and choose food that can help you relax. Green tea contains a chemical called L-Theanine that helps to reduce anger, mango contains a compound called linalool that helps lower stress levels, while a small amount of dark chocolate regulates your hormones.
We don't have to tell you that a good massage can make you forget all the worries of the day. However, not many of us have access to our own personal masseuse or have the time to swan off for acupuncture at lunch. So, the answer is a DIY massage. Focus on the hands and shoulders, to really target those tense areas caused by hunched over your desk all day.
Despite all these tips and tricks, what we really want to say is, get out of the terrible job that is causing you so much stress & frustration. There comes a point in any job where you can stop loving what you're doing. This is when your motivation dips and work starts piling up. So, you have to ask yourself, is it time for a change?
If you decide that this is the route you want to take, have a look at Nationwide and include us in your job research. Here, we'd never want to see one of our people getting snowed under with work, which is why we offer help and support alongside progression opportunities and generous holidays that even come with the option to 'buy' an additional 10 days!
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