Raise your hand if January has hit you like a bus. Yeah, don’t worry, you’re not the only one! The holiday is over and it’s back to reality. Maybe you’re struggling to adapt and get back into it, and the stress of the new year’s work load is starting to build up, trailing through hundreds of emails and trying to meet deadlines.
It’s normal to sometimes feel more exhausted than we thought after the holiday. Rich foods, drinks, little exercise and a lack of routine during your time off could also make your body feel a little overwhelmed, anxious and maybe even a shock to the system when you get back to normal life. Post-holiday depression and craving a routine is also normal, and I’m pretty sure everyone around you is feeling the same.
Here’s a few ways to keep your stress at bay, before it gets too much!
Before anything else, take a deep breathe. Steady your breathing to prevent panic. Feeling overwhelmed by a lot of work is natural and if you take a deep breathe and slow your breathing you’ll feel instantly calmer.
Create an organised workspace
Sometimes the overwhelming mountain of papers simply needs a tidy up. Organising piles of ‘do’ and ‘done’ can help reduce your stress and get through your tasks quicker. Consider getting a monitor and make everything more spacious. Take a look at our space organisers and monitor stands to make sure you stay organised and sit up taller this year.
Take work breaks
Stretch your legs because a short work break will help relieve the pressure momentarily. In fact, if you take small regular breaks, your concentration levels will be much higher too. A little walk around your workplace can also increase blood circulation and give you an energy boost. Taking a break will force your mind off of work and make you feel a lot more relaxed.
Getting your heart pumping is a proven antidote for high stress levels. Exercise replaces your feelings of anxiety with endorphins that cause happiness. If you can set aside as little as 30 minutes a day to exercise moderately, your stress levels will deduce dramatically. Build exercise into your daily schedule and you will notice a significant change in your stress levels.
What you do when you’re home, can affect your time at work – sleep being one of them! Lack of sleep will only fuel stress, leaving you tired and anxious with a loss of concentration. A good nights rest is vital and should never be underestimated. There are countless physiological benefits associated with getting the right amount of sleep. Exchange the late nights for some quality sleep to feel more relaxed every day.
Choose healthy options
We’ve all heard that what you put in is what you get out. Fuel your diet with a well-balanced meal plan that consists of healthy food options at the office. Healthy meals will help balance your blood sugar levels, give you energy to keep you going for much longer and help you concentrate fully.
Create a morning routine
Sometimes our stress can be caused by a disruption in routine, or lack thereof. Get back into your morning routine. Here are some great tips on how to create a successful morning routine.
Don’t take everything at work so seriously, you need to still have fun at work to be able to enjoy yourself day in and day out. The more fun you have, the less stressed you’ll be.
Hopefully you’re feeling a little less overwhelmed and a little more ready to tackle your stresses. This year is a new year to start fresh, so leave all the stresses behind and focus on getting yourself right, ready and back in gear.
Love the DeskStand team.