Let’s face it: even the most content administrative assistant in the office occasionally has a bad day. From overbearing bosses to challenging coworkers, the typical workday can sometimes be an emotional roller coaster. There are some days at the office where it’s nearly impossible to avoid feeling overwhelmed with work stress and anxiety.
Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks you can employ to decrease your stress and find a moment of peace in the busy, tumultuous office. In fact, you may want to share some of these with your coworkers! After all, happiness is contagious.
Breath and Meditate
You may already know that meditation “is the practice of training the mind to induce a certain state of consciousness.” But what you may not know is that meditating is an incredibly simple practice that can be done anywhere, at any time… including the office. There’s a reason why millions of people across a wide variety of cultures have meditated for years: it works. Breathing is an essential component to meditation, and in fact plays such an important role in managing stress that the new Apple Watch includes an app called “Breathe”. To meditate at the office, find a quiet place in your office – maybe an empty conference room or a break room – shut the door, sit in a comfortable chair, set a timer for 10 minutes, and practice breathing in silence. You’ll feel better in no time.
Take a walk in nature
Our office is next to several large, beautiful trees, which shade our office windows from the sun. However, after a day full of meetings, reports, and other stresses, it’s easy to forget that nature is just a few feet away. From Beethoven, Goethe, and Charles Dickens, to Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, giants throughout history have known that a walk can rejuvenate the mind, calm the nerves, and stir the creative juices. If your office is located near a park or other similar nature, step out for 15 minutes and stretch your legs through nature. If not, at least consider taking a short walk around the block. If possible, leave your smartphone at your desk. A short walk, without the distractions of your office or your smart phone, will do wonders for managing your stress.
Have a coffee break
Need a break from the office but need something more stimulating than a walk through the park? Consider treating yourself to your nearest coffee shop. In addition to raising your energy, coffee has a number of health benefits, including fighting depression, according to a 2011 study from Harvard. Not only will coffee assist you in feeling less tired, but a pre-scheduled afternoon coffee break will give you something to look forward to. At my past job, my coworkers and I had a standing 3:00 pm ‘date’ at the nearest Starbucks every afternoon. The short coffee break quickly became the highlight of our day. Can’t escape from the office to get your caffeine fix? Fortunately, Quill sells a number of coffee brands and supplies.
Do you have any tips or tricks to de-stress in the office? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!