Did you know that the month of April is Stress Awareness Month? Don’t worry if you’ve been too stressed to realise as we’re here to help reduce those stress levels whilst working.
Right, let’s get started, here are our top 5 stress-busting tips to get you on your way to a healthier you…
1) Take a break
In at number 1 we have ‘take a break’. Now, it may seem obvious but we know that those little extra tasks that only take a few minutes can add up and before you know it you’ve missed your break. It’s more important than ever that we take breaks to rest and recharge.
2) Stroke your pet
We know that not everyone has a pet but if you do, spending quality time with your furry friend can reduce stress and anxiety. Studies have shown that playing with your dog or cat can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain which can calm and relax you.
3) Stay off the caffeine…
Reaching for your third, fourth or even fifth cup of coffee to get you through the day may seem like the answer, but trust us it isn’t always! It’s common knowledge that caffeine in high doses can increase anxiety so how about reaching for some water to keep you hydrated instead?
4) Keep on moving!
Exercising at work doesn’t feel like a natural fit (well unless you’re a Personal Trainer) but using your lunchtime for a brisk walk around the block could be the difference between a stress-filled meeting or your next team collaboration success. Clearing your head by breathing in some fresh air can do you the world of good! We mean how else do you think we come up with our fantastic social posts?
5) Say no.
As mentioned earlier, those small 5-minute tasks may not seem like a big job but they soon add up. Saying yes to taking on extra tasks can really slow down your progress and increase unnecessary stress, so by saying no every so often it can actually improve your work and reduce stress too.
So there you have it, our top 5 ways to reduce your stress levels. For further information you can check out our ‘Stress Awareness’ blog which has other helpful tips, or find out whether travel can help boost your mental health.
Please note that we are not medical professionals so please contact a doctor or visit the NHS website for medical advice on stress and mental health.