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Improve Health and Well-Being by Beating Workplace Stress

Oct 9, 2012

Tight deadlines, never-ending multitasking, huge project piles and multi-source pressures
from bosses, customers and co-workers are all too common characteristics in today’s
workplace environment. Working every day in this type of environment can leave
employees feeling overwhelmed, stressed and exhausted.

Workplace stress is so prevalent that 69 percent of employees report that work is a
significant source of stress in their lives and 41 percent say they typically feel tense or
stressed out during the workday.1 While eliminating stress altogether is unrealistic,
there are some easy day-to-day techniques that you can incorporate into your daily work
schedule to help reduce workplace tension and stress. Try incorporating the following
stress busters before, during and after your workday to improve your health and well-
being at work and at home.

Stress Buster One: Start the Day Early Feeling Refreshed and Relaxed

As soon as the hustle and bustle of the workday begins, it is easy to lose track of time,
projects and deadlines. To help get a hold of your workday before it gets out of control,
push your start time 30 minutes earlier before the majority of your co-workers get
into the office. Setting aside 30 minutes at the beginning of the day can give you an
opportunity to reduce daily workplace stress by planning your day, getting a jumpstart on
lingering project deadlines and answering any left over e-mails/last minute to-do items
from the day before. By the time your company’s workday begins, you are refreshed and
ready to take on the day’s challenges in a more productive and effective manner.

Stress Buster Two: Break Up Workday Stress with Regular Relaxation Breaks

Stress can be a huge player in reducing company productivity, employee efficiency
and project accuracy. In fact, 51 percent of employees said they were less productive
at work as a result of stress.1 To help combat constant workplace stress, it is important
to take regular breaks throughout the day to give your mind and body the opportunity
to recharge, refresh and prepare for the next task on your list. Whether it’s a short five-
minute water/coffee break in the employee lounge or a longer lunch break, make it a
priority each day to get away from your workstation for regular short amounts of time,
interact with co-workers face-to-face and step outside for a quick breath of fresh air.

Stress Buster Three: Finish Off the Day On Time and Organized

To finish off your day stress-free, find a good stopping point on your project/task list
and shut down your work around the same time each day. Humans are creatures of habit
so the more consistent you are with ending your day, the less stress you will carry with
you as you return home from work. To create end-of-day closure, it also is important
to clean up your workspace by organizing your paperwork and leaving your work area
organized and ready for the start of the next day. Since chaos breeds stress, organize

your thoughts and priorities before heading out the door by making a task list for the next
day. By physically preparing your workspace and mentally preparing your mind at the
end of each day, you are setting yourself up for a more productive and stress-free work
environment.

Ongoing Stress Buster: Regular Monthly Massages Lead to Stress-Free Living

To keep your mind and body aligned and working in sync, monthly massage therapy
sessions are important to restoring and reinvigorating your overall health and well-being
at work and at home. Regular monthly massage provides relief and relaxation to people
of all ages, occupations and workplace environments. Massage therapy can address a
variety of health conditions, the most prevalent being stress-related tension. Some of the
most common massage therapy techniques include:

Deep Tissue Massage: Focuses on chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive
strain, postural problems or recovery from injury.

Swedish Massage: Focuses on relaxation, stress relief and overall health and
wellness.

Hot Stone Massage: Specializes in easing muscle tension without deep pressure.

Trigger Point: Focuses on highly localized muscle knots where the body holds
tension and carries stress.

Today is as good of a day as any to start taking steps toward living a more stress-free life
at work and at home. By incorporating the above stress buster tips into your daily work
environment, combined with regularly scheduled therapeutic massages, you will be on
your way to increasing your productivity and efficiency at work, while improving your
overall health and well-being. The expert massage therapists at Elements Therapeutic
Massage can help you get started on establishing a stress-free lifestyle at work and at
home by offering a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach to well-being
through a truly therapeutic massage experience. Whether it is to provide relief from pain,
release of tension, reduction of stress or simply to relax and feel your best, Elements
Therapeutic Massage is committed to promoting your mind and body’s health and
wellness.

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1American Psychological Association. Stress in America 2009.

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