How to take small breaks to reduce stress in the work day:

May 13, 2020 | Health

We all regularly experience stress through the work day but there are some strategies that you can use for personal development and mitigating some of the stress through your average work week. If you can recognize the signs of stress at work and when it’s time to take a break it may be a good idea to work at scheduling breaks throughout your day. A few extra breaks in the day just takes a bit of scheduling and will improve your overall health. Here are some strategies on how to take small breaks to reduce stress in the work day. 

-Going for a walk: If you feel overwhelmed or you need to refocus to accomplish a project, don’t be afraid to get up and walk around the office for just a few minutes. Taking the time to walk around and get your body moving will energize you as well as help to refocus on the important task at hand. Going for a walk can be essential to keeping your health as well. There are a number of conditions that can effect your physical health from sitting all day. 

-Work mediation into your day: Spending 15 min. at lunch at your desk in deep meditative thought can be an empowering experience. Meditation can change your life and adding a meditation session in the middle of your day can really help to reduce stress. Just close your eyes and spend some time focusing on your breathing and you will be amazed at how productive meditation breaks can make you. 

Prioritize your break: A break should be just as important as some of the most pertinent actions of your day. Be sure to prioritize a break as well as schedule the items that you need to do to make sure that the most difficult tasks can be accomplished with a break reward. Make your break a priority and be sure not to skip it. As people who can work in a pattern of intense work for a short time, a short break and then another burst of short work have been proven to be more efficient and accurate than those that work without breaks. 

Keep some of these top strategies in mind for reducing stress in your work day with breaks.

Written by Christoph Nauer.
Christoph is a Brian Tracey certified Time Management Master.
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