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Simple ways to reduce stress at work

It is inevitable! At some point we all experience stress. If not managed property, increased stress can be damaging to our health and lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. However, there are a few things we can do to manage stress at work.

Get up and moving

Exercise is a proven method for stress relief. It raises your heart rate and boosts your mood and focus. When at work, the quickest and most effective form of stress management exercise is stair climbing.

Stair climbing is officially classed as a vigorous exercise and releases your brain’s feel-good chemicals, called endorphins, which make you feel happier. Building stair climbing into your daily work routine is a great way to manage your stress and help you focus more effectively.

Step away

When stressed, the body thinks it is under attack and switches to 'fight or flight' mode. Sometimes the best method for managing stress is simply walking away from a difficult situation. If you feel stressed at your desk, simply step away for a minute and clear your thoughts to better deal with the situation.

Breathe

Breathing is also a great tactic to control stress. As the pressure mounts and deadlines loom, breathing slowly and in a regular rhythm will help you to calm down. Radio presenters often use this tactic before going on air.

Don't overdo it

Don’t over-commit or take on too much. You will end up getting stressed and feeling less productive. Try to prioritise and organise your tasks by importance and deadline.

Also, prepare in advance and allow extra time for any unexpected tasks.  If you finish your tasks early, take a small break - they can help you focus and significantly improve your productivity throughout the day. 

Sharing is caring

Talking to someone is a good way to aleviate the pressure and reduce stress levels. If no one is available at the time, simply write down any anxious thoughts on a piece of paper. This is also a great way to help identify any recurring stress patterns and spot them before they occur again. 

How we can help

StepJockey is proud to be making offices healthy, active, and productive. Learn how you can promote stair climbing in your building and boost your health.

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