Stress is a constant companion at work. While some stress has been shown to actually be good – keeping us focused and alert – too much can wreak havoc on our health. There are many ways to reduce stress, such as going to the gym, getting more sleep, socializing more, and so on.
But we often just don’t have the time to spend several hours traveling to the gym and working out. Yet, the stress continues to build. What can we do about it? What can we do right away as a quick stress reliever, something that we can do in five minutes or less? Here are a few ideas.
- Take a few deep breaths. This is a good way to become calm. Breathing deeply really does help us relax. Breathe in slowly, while counting down four, and then breathe out again to the same four count. Do that several times.
- Go for a quick walk. Even a five-minute stroll will help to relieve stress. You can take a little stroll around your medical facility or, if the weather is nice, around your building. This will give you a chance to use some of that energy pent up in your muscles. It will get the blood pumping, bringing more oxygen to your brain, and helping you think more clearly.
- Do some stretching. Don’t worry about what your co-workers will think. Once they see the benefits they will be doing it themselves. A few simple stretches can do the same thing for your body as a walk can. It can loosen up your muscles, relieving strain and relaxing them through movement. It’s a good stress reliever. Any kind of movement is.
- Chat with a co-worker. This is also a good way to relieve stress. It’s not important what you talk about, although something preferably that has nothing to do with work. But chatting will take your mind off of what is stressing you. It will give you a chance to take a break and relax a bit.
- Meditate. Many people are under the mistaken impression that meditation involves a lot of preparation and a good bit of time to do. You can meditate for longer periods, but you can also do it for just five minutes. Simply remain seated, close your eyes, try to push all thoughts out of your mind, and focus only on your breathing. Breathe slowly and continue to focus only on that. When stray thoughts intrude, just push them out of your mind again. Even doing this for just five minutes will help reduce stress.
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