Creating an Inspiring Work Environment
Now that many of us spend more time working from home, we need to be even more diligent in our self-care. No, I’m not talking about doing more, but I am suggesting approaching your self-care and personal needs in a different, more effective way. Here are 7 tips to creating an inspiring environment (and mind frame) for improved well-being in your home/workspace, so you can keep your stress levels down, and enjoy your days more!
7 Ways to Minimize Stress working from home
Although it is not possible to eliminate stress completely, there are many ways we can reduce it. Here are some effective ways to reduce stress in your day.
- Slow down and be present. It is natural to believe that the harder you work, the more you will get done. However, though it may seem paradoxical, if you work at a slow and steady pace with full awareness, you will most likely turn out better work with fewer mistakes – and feel better while doing it!
- Set boundaries. This goes along with managing your time. Learn to respectfully set your boundaries and say no. Take a look at your calendar and make sure you are not over-scheduling yourself in and after work. Write in one night a week for yourself, and treat yourself to something special, such as a meditation class, a bath, or just an evening curled up with a good book.
- Remember to breathe deeply all day. Most people who are under a lot of stress or tension breathe shallowly, up in the throat area. When you breathe deeply into your lungs, you are naturally bringing in more oxygen and activating energy in your body. Try this: set your intention to take 10 deep breaths once every hour. (If necessary, set a timer to help you remember). It will only take a minute, but the rewards will be tenfold.
- Bring nature inside. As much as possible, let natural light and fresh air permeate your workspace. Surround yourself with the inspiring colors of beautiful flowers, which have a powerful influence on a person’s mind-set. A beautiful bouquet can lift a less-than-lovely mood and even eliminate stress!
- Give yourself a time-out. Take the breaks. In this high-paced world, people often work through their given breaks, claiming they have too much work to do. Studies show people are less effective and make more mistakes when not taking sufficient breaks (5-10 minutes every hour or two where you can both defocus your eyes (and mind) and get up to move or stretch). Remember that you are a human, not a machine. Even a machine needs downtime for maintenance! Maybe try a power nap on your lunch break, or if you only have five minutes to spare, just close your eyes and breathe deeply. Even this brief rest can reduce stress and help you relax.
- Meditation brings relaxation. Meditation gives your body a rest and produces slower brain waves that are similar to sleep, effectively combating tension. Regular practice of meditation, tai chi, or yoga can help you slow down and bring peace, not only in your job, but also in your life in general.
- Perk up naturally!
Skip the second latte, which stimulates your central nervous system, makes your mind race, and adds to your stress. Instead, try these simple and natural pick-me-ups:
- Take a tea break. Go for teas that gently boost your energy, such as ginseng, eucalyptus, or ginger.
- Move your body. Find ways to keep moving all day. Go up and down the stairs. Go drink a glass of water from the kitchen every hour. Not only will this perk up your energy, it will also improve your mood.
- If it’s a nice day outside, eat lunch outdoors or take a short walk around the block. The fresh air and the break from routine will be an invigorating addition to your workday. Or maybe try some yoga or stretches!
- Get sustainable energy with snacks. Eat a snack at mid-morning and another one at mid-afternoon consisting of nuts, seeds, fruits, or protein-rich foods like humus made from beans will help you sustain your energy and prevent low blood sugar from setting in.
Yes, you can reduce your stress while working at home
Remember there are many things you could do to bring down your stress levels while working at home. While stress is a dominant force in our lives, we do have some control over our response. I invite you to try one or more of these easy tips and see what a difference it can make in your life.
Are you ready to start lowering your stress levels today? Need support to help you access your natural ease and joy? Then we should talk!
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