We’ve all been there: buried under paperwork, a thousand things to do. It’s a common tale for a small staff association executive who might be short on time and resources.
Stress is unavoidable, but unless it’s handled well it can result in a surprising lack of productivity, a short tempter, and mistakes. That doesn’t even include the list of health problems that can come from too much stress like head and muscle aches, weight gain, accelerated aging, depression and anxiety.
The good news is that there are ways to combat this from your desk! Many of these are tried and tested by the ever-refreshed MemberClicks staff, none of whom posed for the picture below.
Take a walk!
It’s pretty cold these days, but try bundling up and walking around the building. The fresh air will revitalize you, and the exercise will get your heart rate going and refresh you.
Have a conversation
Find someone else who has a minute to spare and chat with him or her face-to-face about something other than what you’re working on. Direct communication is becoming a lost art. It may even strengthen the relationship with your coworker or friend to whom you're speaking!
Do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle
It’s amazing how putting your brain to work on a different puzzle can help you reassess another task. If you don’t have time to go home and sleep on it, get your brain on a different type of thinking and revisit work after a little break.
You might look weird as the only guy doing lunges in the office, but standing up and working your muscles can make a huge difference. Your thighs will thank you, too.
Write a letter
We all get tired of typing. Find a piece of paper and a pen and write a letter. As in complete sentences, not meeting notes. The change of pace will be refreshing.
Schedule a vacation (even a fantasy one)
You should wait for your lunch break, but it’s a nice to take a mental break and go on a vacation in your mind. The Wall Street Journal even published an article saying that even planning a trip can improve your health and mood.
They say a cluttered house represents a cluttered mind, so if you’re feeling a little frazzled maybe all it would take is clearing your desk. We’re not talking an Extreme Desk Makeover, but you’ll be able to breathe a sigh of relief if you can sit down at a tidy workspace.
Get some fresh jams
Turn on some quiet tunes, or if you already listen to music at work, try a new artist or genre. It’ll feel like a different day and will be a nice break in the routine. During stressful times at an old position, I used to turn on classical piano music and it helped me breathe deep and keep going. Just don’t pick something like comedy or the news that may distract you.
Have a Healthy Snack
Citrus fruits, apples, and unsalted almonds are proven to provide you with more energy immediately and are nutritious and delicious. Your body will be happy for the healthy treat.
There are countless more little ways to tweak your day to make it easier and relieve stress. Go ahead and try one! Your staff members and more importantly, your body and mind will thank you for it.