Our top 5 tips to reduce stress in the office

Spending 8 hours a day, 5 days a week in an office will soon start to get to you. To make matters worse, when you have a lot of work on your stress levels start to rise.

So what can you do to keep calm and improve your mood?

Get comfortable

Your back aches, your neck’s cramped up, your wrists hurt from all the typing; but you still need to plough through the huge pile of jobs in your inbox.

First of all stop what you’re doing and get comfy! Maybe try speaking to your HR department about getting a more comfortable chair, an ergonomic keyboard, and a wrist rest. Finally, the most important thing is to make sure that you’re sat in the correct posture!

Take a couple of minutes out

I know, I know; you have all that work to get through. However, if you remain glued to a computer screen all day you’ll find it even harder to stay on point.

Try to steal away 10 minutes every hour or so. Use this time to get away from your desk and get yourself a drink, head outside for some fresh air, or just walk up and down the office.

You’d be surprised at how much it’ll help!

Eat right

Eat the right foods and you’ll get to the office feeling great. You’ll be full of energy and ready to start the day. Feeling good at the start of the day is a great way to feel good all day.

Exercise

Whilst we’re on the point of healthy living I may as well mention exercise. It’s one of the best stress busters around. If you’ve had an awful day at the office one of the best things you can do when you get home is to slip on some running shoes and head outside for a jog or even a brisk walk.

Motivating yourself might be difficult to begin with, but your stress will disappear in no time when you finally get out there.

Clean your desk

A cluttered desk equals a cluttered mind.

How are you going to find the notes for that all important job if you can’t even see your keyboard?

Aim to free up 15 minutes or so every week to organise anything and everything on there. If it hasn’t been touched in a while, throw it out. Buy some file trays too; they’re a great way to organise those important documents that you do need.

Or buy yourself a new desk. There’s nothing like something new to beat away stress, is there!?