5 ways to de-stress at your desk

No matter what you do for a living, there will inevitably be days that are more stressful than others. The next time you find yourself in the midst of a high-stress situation at work, try one or more of the following ways to keep your stress under control — and prevent it from triggering a herpes breakout.

Keep your email under control

While you may not be able to control just how much email you receive, you can keep it from being a huge source of stress. Set aside specific times of the day to tackle your inbox so it won’t be a constant distraction from your other tasks throughout the day. This means you may need to turn off any alerts signaling new emails in your inbox.

Another great tip is to use the “rule of three” — if three emails have gone back and forth regarding a particular topic and there are still questions or concerns, then pick up the phone to discuss.

Get organized

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you may need to spend some time getting organized. Tasks such as decluttering your desk, putting paperwork in order and creating a prioritized to-do list can work wonders for making your day more manageable and putting you back in the driver’s seat.

Stretch regularly

Stretching is especially important for people with desk jobs that keep them sedentary for most of the day. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to take a short stretch break a few times a day. Be sure to stretch your arms, legs, back and neck.

Pack a healthy snack

Keep several of your favorite non-perishable healthy snacks at your desk for whenever you need some quick fuel. Try protein bars, nuts and dried fruits.

Eating a healthy snack in between meetings or while you’re at your desk trying to meet a deadline will help keep your blood sugar levels in check and your stress levels down.

Take a break

Getting away from your desk is essential to your physical and mental health. Try to take your lunch break away from your desk on most days, whether that means eating lunch out with colleagues or just taking your bagged lunch to a nearby park bench.

On days where you can’t leave the office, at least take a few short breaks to walk around (if you can get outside, even better) to clear your mind and move your body.

Being able to adequately manage stress is extremely important for both your productivity and your health. These five techniques will help you stay calm and refocus your energy when you’re faced with a stressful situation at the office.

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