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How to Deal with Stress at Work

Learn how to deal with stress at work from wellness consultant Samantha Ibarguen in this Howcast video.


I'm Samantha Ibarguen and I'm an energy healer and a wellness consultant in New York City. You can find out more about me and what I do at Integrated Wellness —

There are a couple of really effective ways to deal with stress at work. The first thing you want to do if you're feeling stressed at work is just to start to breathe. So often when we feel stressed we either completely stop breathing or we breathe shallowly. So you want to start to take some nice deep breaths, hands on your lower belly. Really let yourself have Buddha belly, and really really make sure that you're inhaling into the bottom of your lungs, using the full capacity of your lungs. This is gonna make you feel calm and centered. This is gonna start to clear your mind and just make you feel better. Next thing we wanna do is treat the body. When we're stressed, we have the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol running through our system, and they can create chronic tension and tightness. So what you wanna do is get up from your desk and literally just start to use your muscles in a different way. Shake out your arms, shake out your hands, shake out your legs. If you can, do a little bouncing. Bounce up and down, loosen your shoulders and just let the movement of your body start to release some of this holding. Start to get blood, start to get oxygen flowing through your system. You'll start to feel better really quickly. So, the next thing you wanna do is get organized. If you don't have a to-do list, create one. I know this sounds so simple, but trust me, it really works. Write down everything you have to do, get it on a piece of paper, and you have everything that do need to do right in front of you. If you have simple or smaller things to do that are easy to take care of, do those first, get them out of the way, cross them off the list. Then tackle the harder things. Another great little tip is to limit your email. If you can, check your email every ten, every fifteen minutes. This will limit distractions from your email and this will help you to stay focused on your task at hand. And finally, if you can, try to identify the source of your stress. What at work is stressing you out? Is it a person? Can you sit down with them and have a conversation? Is it a project? Is it not as organized as it should be, or do you need to map it out with greater precision? Identifying your source of stress at work can help you figure out what, if anything, you can change. Work is stressful, there's no doubt about it. But there are little things you can do, little steps you can take to help you feel better throughout the day.

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