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Smile and Just Walk Away
Tuesday, December 29, 2015 6:35 AM

By Kimberly Jones, HR Consultant, Credit Union Resources

I'm not really sure about anyone else, but when I'm feeling stressed, I like to indulge in unhealthy foods and give myself a little "retail therapy." Although I may feel better momentarily, I usually end up feeling even worse than I did before.

Unfortunately, our jobs are responsible for a majority of the stress in our lives and when you add the stresses that your home life can bring, it can become overwhelming at times. So, the next time you begin to feel tense and stressed at the workplace, consider these stress relief tips:

Go for a Walk: A few co-workers and I walk daily on a vacant floor in our office building, and we feel great after doing so. Any type of exercise can help relieve stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise can help stimulate the release of feel-good endorphins that help to improve your mood. So, get up and walk around your office or building to re-focus and rejuvenate.

Smile: Laughter really is the best medicine and having plenty of it in your life can reduce stress. Laughter provides a physical and emotional release, so when you begin to feel stressed, it's better to laugh instead of cry.

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: Don't stress yourself worrying about things you are not responsible for. Take some deep breaths and move forward. As difficult as it may be at times, stop causing yourself unnecessary stress.

Stretch Your Body: Sitting all day can have bad effects on your body and posture which can cause stress and tension. Stretching your body regularly can energize you during the workday, changing your overall mood for the better. There are plenty of simple stretching exercises you can do right at your desk.

Ask for Help: Holding things in is never a good thing. If workplace stress becomes that unbearable, you may consider speaking with someone about the source of your stress. Sometimes just talking about what's stressing you can provide relief and make situations feel more manageable.

These are just a few workplace stress-relief tips, but there certainly are many more. It's important to remember that some stress in our work lives is expected, but there should be a limit to how we allow those stressful events to affect us. So, sometimes it's best to just smile and walk away!