Simple Ways to Be Less Stressed at Work

It’s normal to feel tense at work when you’re overwhelmed by meetings and deadlines. It’s important to make mental health a priority so stress doesn’t break you down.

Doing a few small changes to your daily routine can take your stress level down a few notches. These seven scientifically proven tips will have you feeling more relaxed and ready to tackle the workweek.

Drink chamomile tea instead of coffee. While coffee can make you feel more stressed than you actually are, drinking tea lowers cortisol (a stress hormone) levels and increases subjective relaxation. And if you’re having an especially stressful day, add a cookie or two to the mix for a pick-me-up.

Listen to music. Music is an intimate form of art and self-expression that reaches people on many different levels. Depending on personal preferences and genres, lyrics, and tempos, music can have a calming effect that is perfect for stressful days in the office.

Music, especially classical and instrumental, relaxes our minds and bodies by slowing our pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure and decreasing the levels of stress hormones.

Be mindful. The exercise is all about focusing on the present, like your surroundings or current task, to declutter your mind from regret over the past and fear for the future. It takes time to master, but it can be a great tool in the workplace.

If you’re feeling panicked or overwhelmed, take a few moments to focus on your breathing and your surroundings. This will help you regain your train of thought and find your center.

Try aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy technique that uses natural essential oils to improve physical and mental health. Essential oils can be used for many different reasons and in many ways (massage, topical application for healing, inhaling, etc.), but lavender and rosemary oils have been shown to blunt the effects of stress.

Rosemary oil and lavender oil when sniffed for five minutes, can decrease levels of cortisol, also known as the “stress hormone”.

Take a walk. Not only is being sedentary all day bad for your physical health, it’s not good for your mental health either. Taking a quick midday stroll is a great way to reduce stress.

Schedule time for emails. With dozens (maybe even hundreds) of emails popping up in your inbox all day long, stress is practically inevitable. But setting aside specific times for checking your email can lead to lower stress.

These simple techniques might lead you to improve in your work effectiveness, as you feel more relaxed while doing it.