It’s a busy day and you’ve been on the go since you arrived at your desk. You’ve got a million emails which you haven’t had time to answer yet, the third meeting of the day is in ten minutes and it’s 2 p.m. and you still haven’t had time to eat lunch. If this sounds familiar it’s because our work lives are filled with crazy busy days and it often feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. But it is completely possible to regain control and act calm. Follow this how-to guide to become more calm and zen-like at the office, any day of the week and whatever may come your way.
1. Breathe, Breathe, Breathe
From the moment we’ve born, breathing is just something that we naturally do. But it turns out that there’s a certain way to breathe. If you breathe as deep as you can, you will feel more calm and relaxed. And the opposite is true if you are taking a series of shortened breaths. Make sure you’re breathing deeply from your belly in order to ward off any work-related stress.
2. Eat The Right Foods
Indulging in sugar and caffeine at the office is just a recipe for disaster. You will experience a quick burst of energy and then a crash that will leave you even more exhausted and overwhelmed than before you had that pumpkin spice latte. Eat healthy and make sure you keep lots of snacks at your desk, in case a meeting runs long or you eat lunch a bit later than usual. Apples, peanut butter, bananas, almonds, and cashews are good ideas.
3. Make Sure to Take a Lunch Break
Or an afternoon break. You might not have time to leave your desk and eat, but you can still find some relaxation within a busy day if you get outside, even if it’s just for 10-15 minutes. It’s difficult to concentrate and be as productive as we need to be when we’re stuck inside all day long. Don’t feel guilty about needing to get some air and a bit of exercise. You will perform better at work if you take a quick break.
4. Don't Be Afraid to Ask For Help or Prioritize
We always want to look like we’re perfectly in control and independent. But sometimes, staying quiet when we’re struggling at work will just end up hurting us in the end. If you’re overwhelmed, tell someone. And don’t be afraid to prioritize the most important work to the least important. If something can wait, it’s much better to tackle what needs to get done today instead of working on everything at once and not doing the best job.
5. Bring Some Sunshine Inside
It might be spring or summer outside the office window, but you are still expected to focus and perform. Bring some sunshine indoors with some fresh or even fake flowers for your desk. Change your computer screensaver to a pretty picture of the ocean. Drink iced coffee instead of hot during the summer. It’s the little things that boost our moods, and you’ll be more likely to want to be productive if you’re feeling happy.
We all get stressed at work, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Follow these easy how-to steps to feel less overwhelmed and to bring more zen and calm energy into your cubicle.