Work is generally defined as something which overflows with deadlines, reports and bosses standing behind your back reminding you of your deadlines. Then there are meetings and the pressure of keeping clients happy, apart from teamwork and having to keep a smile on your face each day for fear of being told you have an “attitude problem”. The thought of taking a break might bother you and you decide to sit bent over your desk and with your eyes fixed on your computer, giving you the look of someone very industrious at work. However, this sort of performance will not do you much good. Too much pressure will have a negative impact on your performance. For best results at work, and to also ensure your own job satisfaction, you need to loosen up and learn to relax at work. Here are some ways in which this can be done.
Learn How To Relax At Work
- Make a few changes in your cubicle at your workplace. You could start by keeping your desk clutter free. Something that is visually calming will have a good effect on you on the whole whereas clutter will bring out the worst in you. It could give you the mental picture of an overload of work with very little time to do it. And this will stress you out further.
- Have enough natural light at your work place and brighten things up by placing a natural plant near you. You can either have an indoor plant or, if there are constraints, you could opt for a bonsai plant that you can keep on your desk.
- Simplify your life by avoiding unnecessary complications. Do not meddle with the affairs of other people or interfere in things that don’t concern you. Keep your offers to help others to the bare minimum and just concentrate on finishing up your work first before indulging in philanthropic acts. In this way, you will not have to deal with additional stress.
- Keep your personal life separate from your professional life. If you mix the two, you will end up with a highly stress-filled work environment (not to forget a stress-filled home environment too).
- Communicate well with others so that you will be able to plan things and release any unnecessary stress. This does not mean that you have to gossip around with co-workers about everything that is happening in your life or about everyone who had upset you. Discussing your work with your supervisor can go a long way in helping your work environment to be better.
- Move around the office when on break. Get up for your own coffee or water instead of getting it over to your desk. The same would apply to your lunch breaks. Avoid having your lunch at your desk. Moving around will aid in blood circulation and will help you feel better.
- Have a good sense of humor helps get rid of excess work stress. While you are being paid to deliver results, there is no rule against laughing once in a while. There is no harm in trading jokes with your co-workers, as long as you don’t spend the major part of the work day at it or end up disturbing others.