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How to De-stress at Your Desk

There’s a very thin line between pressure and stress, especially when it comes to expectations in the workplace. A recent survey showed that 3 out of 4 UK citizens felt unable to cope at some point during 2018, and for most of us modern life certainly doesn’t feel like it’s going to slow down any time soon.


If you start to feel like there’s too much on your plate at work, and there’s no opportunity to slip away from your desk to practice some simple self-care (https://www.laredoute.co.uk/content/-simple-self-care/), try out our tips to help you get back on track.


Breathe deeply


We know it sounds simple, but focusing on your breathing is a quick, cheap and easy way to inject a little calm. Next time you disagree with a colleague over email or have just added one too many tasks to your to-do list, take two minutes out to breathe. There are apps to help walk you through it, and a lot of smart watches and step counters now boast a “Guided Breathing” feature. The best thing about it? No need to move or let anyone know.


Headphones in


In a busy office, a less than perfect atmosphere can have a huge effect on your ability to work. If your boss allows it, next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, reach for your ear buds. Play your favourite tunes, try some gentle instrumental music or even search out a relaxing sound bath to soothe you as you type. It’s a bonus that headphones are also the universal work sign for “Don’t bother me, I’m in the zone”, which may come in useful.


Tidy up


We know that big pile of papers doesn’t spark joy. It may not be as simple as throwing out, giving away or recycling everything on your desk (apparently some paperwork is actually important, and some jobs can’t be delegated *eye roll*) but if “out of sight, out of mind” is how you work, try using boxes, folders or desk drawers to queue up your work tasks and allow you to focus. You could also treat yourself to a pen you really like to use, or a new frame for a family photo. If your colleagues don’t mind, you could even try a diffuser to use with essential oils to create a serene space.


Jot it down


While we’re on the subject of tidying up, your mind is holding a lot of information, and not all of it is important right now. If you haven’t made a to-do list for the day, it’s a good place to start. If you have but you’re still stressing, try jotting down the stressful thoughts as they float through your mind – it can help to clear space and encourage you to tackle the task at hand instead of falling down the rabbit hole of worry.


Make plans


Powering through your to-dos and getting the end of the day could become much more achievable if you have something to look forward to after it’s done. Make plans for your evening or weekend and know when to switch off. From dinner with friends to a hot yoga class or even a solo trip to the cinema – give yourself something to work towards and enjoy your rest time.



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