Stressed Man

SIMPLE STRESS BUSTERS FOR BUSY PROFESSIONALS

We are all faced with stress through our daily lives, and although we cannot always remove our personal stress triggers away, we can definitely use strategies to reduce the impact that these factors have on our mood and overall health. Here are some of my favourite stress-busting tips to try at work!

We are all faced with stress through our daily lives, and although we cannot always remove our personal stress triggers away, we can definitely use strategies to reduce the impact that these factors have on our mood and overall health. Here are some of my favourite stress-busting tips to try at work!


1. Master the 30 second Deep Breathing Technique
A simple deep breathing exercise can make a big difference in being able to tackle stressful situations that arise at work. 30 seconds is all you need to reduce your stress in the moment, think clearer, and process more efficiently. Try the simple deep breathing technique listed here from an earlier post!

2. Set a Timer Every Hour: Walk & Water

When you're working away at your desk or computer, the time can fly by, and before you know it you've been sitting for hours on end. Try setting a timer every hour and take a 5 minute breather from your desk. Use this time to take a quick walk around the office, get a drink of water, or use the washroom. Make this an hourly habit and notice huge improvements to your overall productivity for the day, trust me!

3. Schedule Your Breaks
Set time aside for your lunch hour where you spend a few minutes enjoying a meal away from your desk and computer. Get outside the building to breathe in fresh air and rejuvenate your body and mind before tackling the rest of your work day.

4. Eat Super Foods Regularly
The food choices you make throughout the day are critical to being resilient in times of stress. Eat regular meals high in protein, veggies and whole grains to help curb mood swings, food cravings and foggy thinking.

5. Laugh!
My favourite of all stress-busting techniques is laughter, hands down! We know intuitively that stress and laughter are inversely related, but science also backs this relationship, showing that laughing can reduce blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, and improve stress management. Ready, Set, Laugh!

- Dr. Lewis

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