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Six Ways To De-Stress At Work & Off The Clock

Feeling stressed at work? You’re not the only one. According to a survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), more than one-third (36 percent) of workers reported regularly experiencing work stress.

In order to avoid burnout at your job, take time to de-stress in the one or more of the following ways:

Take a short break. In the heat of a stressful moment, frustrations can boil over and you can end up doing something you regret. Get up from your desk, walk over to another area of the office, use the bathroom, etc. Get your mind off of the stressful situation for a few minutes and come back to it with a clear head.

Exercise. Even a quick, five-minute walk can help relieve stress. If you find yourself under more stress than normal at your job, make exercise a regular part of your weekly routine to fight off sickness and release endorphins.

Listen to music. Music is a prime way to relax and de-stress. Play something you associate good memories with, such as songs from your childhood or a concert you attended. If you’re still at work, clear it with your supervisor before putting on headphones or playing music inside your office—some companies may consider it a distraction to your co-workers.

Talk with someone. Sometimes, the best way to de-stress is to vent. Talk with a neutral party, such as a friend or spouse, about the stress going on at your job. Outside parties often have additional words of wisdom or solutions we haven’t thought of.

Organize. You may be stressed because your office is a disaster, you can’t find anything on your computer and your projects just seem to need organization. Take a day (or part of one) to de-clutter and re-organize your work life. You’ll thank yourself for it later.

Take a breather. Stop what you’re doing and take a few deep, long breaths. When we’re stressed, we tend to breathe more quickly and take shallower breaths. Taking a minute to refocus your breathing and take your mind off the source of the stress can be beneficial to relieve stress quickly.

No matter how you choose to de-stress, it’s important to make time for yourself and try to avoid becoming overworked. No one will benefit if you’re too unfocused to properly do your job, so take a minute to de-stress and re-focus your mind on the task at hand.

What’s your favorite way to de-stress?