Decrease Stress, Increase Production

It’s 3 p.m. on a Thursday. Your eyes feel like they are about to bleed from staring at your computer screen for so long. Your butt fell asleep three hours ago. You’re up to your ears in work with no end in sight. And wait.. It’s actually only Tuesday.

We’ve all been there. When it feels like the stress of work is literally eating you alive, don’t worry. We’re here to help with not only your mental health, but also your productivity.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you get out of that mid work-week funk through self-care and stress relieving techniques – some of which you can even do at work!

Practice Meditation and Yoga

Sometimes all you really need is to just take a mental step back. Taking a break from what you’re currently working on even for a few minutes and focusing on mindfulness can help give you a fresh perspective when you revisit the work.  Plus, it’s commonly said in studies that practicing mindfulness helps ease the human body and brain, maybe even alleviate stress and anxiety. Try some brief meditation or office yoga to help refresh your mind and body in order to produce your best work.

Try Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a huge trend right now and it’s easy to see why. Diffusing essential oils has been proven to promote relaxation and even mood in some studies. Aromatherapy is an easy way to decrease stress with little to no effort. All you need is a diffuser and some basic essential oils and you’re on the train to relaxation station! Try a blend of lavender, frankincense and orange to decrease stress and uplift spirits.

Hydrate with Herbal Tea and Water

Did you know that you’re supposed to be drinking eight cups of water a day? Seems like a lot, I know, but it really can make a difference. Drinking enough water can increase energy levels and improve brain function. In addition to getting the proper amount of water, try herbal tea for a plethora of benefits. I recommend cinnamon and blackberry herbal tea for just the right mix of flavor and health benefits. Not to mention the increased hydration and overall circulation!

This article is part of a series titled Employee Health. Check out the other articles in the series, and share with your colleagues.