There is no doubt that a busy office can be overwhelming some days. The key to coping with a busywork environment is learning how to relax. When you are relaxed, you are less prone to be stressed out. When you're less stressed out, you're bound to be healthier and happier.
You may think that it is impossible to relax when; there are various people passing by you, phones ringing, people raising their voices, deadlines, computer screens, clutter and pretty well anything else that is associated with a busy work environment. So, how do you make your work space a more relaxed, pleasurable experience? Here are some suggestions so that you can turn your work space into a peaceful, productive area.
Get Yourself Organised
Picture two scenarios. The first scenario is a desk that has papers stacked and scattered. It is hard to find anything, and all the paperwork is a constant reminder of unfinished tasks. The second scenario has filed paperwork, prioritised assignments and a clean look. It is obvious that you'd want to be working within the second scenario. These two very different desks will have all the same, important content; yet one will overwhelm, while the other will be comfortable.
There is your first answer; organisation. Organisation is key for various reasons:
- Keeps your work area clean. This is more important than you would believe. Papers all over (some not even needed), can cause you to feel overwhelmed.
- Allows you to know where things are. If you have a deadline and have finished the required work but can't find it, what was the point in completing it? You need to be able to access your work and important documents. The tip here; start a filing system in your drawers. This will not only allow you to find whatever you're looking for, it will allow you to prioritise. Organise your folders in a manner that works for you.
- Productivity is a positive effect in terms of organisation. If you are able to find required documents, papers or assignments, you will work more productive. When you are more productive, you're more relaxed.
Make Your Space Somewhere you Want to Be
Nothing is worse than not being comfortable for eight hours straight. How can you relax when you are experiencing back pains, or regret coming to your desk? You can't. Make slight changes to your work station so that you are able to relax. Key factors are:
- Your chair: If you are sitting on hard plastic for eight hours; you won't be relaxed, you'll be in pain. Make adjustments to your seating area. You want to focus on your posture and comfort levels. There are numerous options in terms of what chair is best for you. People are starting to use exercise balls within the office as their chair; which tells you that options vary. Make changes that are specific to your needs.
- Computer screen: If your eyes are burning, I can guarantee you're not relaxed. Change the brightness and contrast on your monitor, so that you don't strain your eyes.
- Clean work space: A clean work space does not only mean organisation, it means that you are able to work without papers and pens overlapping your wrists. It will be harder for you to stay focused and relaxed if you have garbage from lunch and crumpled papers everywhere.
This may be the most important. You may be in a room with a hundred cubicles, but you are a unique person. Everyone works differently and small changes can allow you to relax within your space.
- Music: This is not for everyone, but many people work better when they're listening to music. If you are in an area where you can't listen to music out load, bring some headphones. We all have a song or two that allows us to relax.
- Photos: Who is better to look at and bring a smile to your face than your friends and family? Sometimes it only takes a glimpse at your husband's picture to know that everything is okay. Surrounding yourself with positive pictures and memories is a great step towards relaxation.
- Desk Décor: Simple additions to your desk can make all the difference. Invest in some bright, fresh plants. Not only is it healthy to surround yourself with real plants, it can relax your mood. If your birthday just passed and you received some flowers, why not bring some to your work space? Not only are they beautiful, they will lift your spirits if you're feeling overwhelmed.
Take a Break
You may be fortunate and can mediate at your work location. Nothing helps you to relax more than deep breathing and silence. With that being said, there are few jobs that offer this. Here are some break ideas to relax your body and mind:
- Take a walk: Talking a short walk can really do wonders in terms of relaxation. If you are able to, take a short walk outside. Remove yourself from your immediate work area and get some fresh air. You will feel more refreshed than if you sat at your desk for those 5-10 minutes.
- Make a tea: There are many teas that help with stress levels and relaxation. Peppermint, chamomile and ginseng are all great options. Sometimes the time it takes to make and drink a tea, is all you need to re-focus yourself.
- Tie up some loose ends: Take a short break to clear up a few small tasks. Whether you are emailing a client back or editing a paper; finish up small tasks so that they are off your workload. A lighter workload can most certainly be associated with a more relaxed feeling.
- Make sure you're eating: If you are lacking nutrients, you can become irritable. It is hard to relax when you're either; hungry or moody. Pack some healthy snacks and make sure you are eating a proper lunch.
One Thing at a Time
Let's face it, you can only truly devote your attention and focus on one thing at a time. Stay focused on your task at hand. Once you begin thinking about next week's deadline or how you're getting the kids to football practice, you will begin to stress yourself out. Stay in the present and complete the task in front of you.
Making slight changes to your work environment and behaviour can really impact your ability to relax. When you are more relaxed at work, you'll be able to relax more at home. Just because your work is busy, does not mean your desk and mind need to be.