Tips to De-stressing at Work

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destressIt happens to us all. You have a difficult client, your boss just won’t seem to see things your way, a co-worker challenges you in a business meeting. You feel your blood pressure riding and your breath quicken. You want to act out….but there are a few things you can do to help release your frustration and refocus on being the calm, collected professional you are. 1. Just breathe. Though your first instinct might be to open your mouth and snap back, close it and breathe instead. Just count to 10. Counting to 10 buys you time to step back, put things in perspective, and bite your tongue before you say something you might regret. 2. Write it out (But don’t send it out!). Sometimes, finding that emotional release can be as simple as getting your feelings into words. So, write or type out your thoughts and just keep them to yourself. Afterwards, shred or permanently delete the evidence. 3. Vent to a trusted colleague. Most of us have at least one close ally at work, someone we can confide in about everything job-related. It can be cathartic to discuss your aggravation with a person who understands your company’s unique environment and employee dynamics. Be sure to vent out of earshot of anyone else at work. And, be sure to offer the same confidence next time your partner-in-crime is feeling spent, too. 4. Find your happy place. Taking a few minutes to peruse a favorite website can give you a great mental escape. So, if you need to calm down after a particularly anger-inducing morning, troll through your Pinterest feed, check out the latest Anthropologie sale, or get in a couple rounds of Angry Birds at lunch. Taking a short break to distract yourself or focus on something that makes you happy can ease your stress and help you to return to work in a better mood.

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