Beat Work Stress

By: Meredith TerHaar Email
By: Meredith TerHaar Email

We all feel a little work stress from time to time. It's hard to avoid, but not so hard to control if you know a few tricks.

Scott Bea is a psychologist at Cleveland Clinic. He says one of the first things you can do to combat work stress is to stay in the moment.

"So, actually rehearse being presently aware, in the moment they're really living rather than thinking about future moments and that's what we tend to do at work. We'll anticipate work or other tasks in our work day rather than just being where we're at," Bea said.

Doctors say to stay "in the moment" and pay attention to how you're breathing. Take some deep breaths and don't let any outside noises distract you. This will temporarily take you out of the stressful situation.

Stretching your muscles is also an easy way to de-stress- especially your neck and shoulders. You can also relieve tension by going for a walk around the office. Making the most of a coffee break can help, too.

"If you have a coffee break definitely take it. You might not go for the coffee, you might try something else. Phoning a friend, listening to some preferred music, which we know has relaxing properties," Bea said

Doctors say it's a good idea to intersperse these moments throughout your day rather than letting work stress go on unabated, then crashing when you get home.

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