3 Stress-Eliminating Tips for #NationalStressAwarenessDay

Workplace-related stress, like anything else, can be frustrating. You work hard and put effort and passion into your work every day. Under pressure, though, everything can become overwhelming.

Here at MWBEzone, we understand that workplace stress can be aggravating and we want to help, in any way that we can, make your workday a bit less stressful. So, in honor of #NationalStressAwarenessDay, and to ease your burden, here are three everyday tips for decreasing workplace stress:

1. Calm down both the brain and the body by using breathing exercises when you begin feeling anxious/overwhelmed. One such exercise is 4-7-8 breathing:

a. Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth, right behind your front teeth.

b. Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4.

c. Hold your breath for a count of 7.

d. Release your breath from your mouth with a whooshing sound for a count of 8.

e. Without a break, breathe in again for a count of 4, repeating the entire technique 3-4 times in a row, then resume normal breathing and activity.

2. When you start stressing about everything you need to accomplish throughout the day, destress by planning ten minutes at a time. This allows for complete focus on each task in ten-minute increments and eliminates stress-related mental blocks when there is work to be done.

3. Make sure that your diet is not the culprit, as massive amounts of sugar throughout the day can cause energy crashes and spike stress responses. Sticking to a balanced, nutritious diet can make you feel better and keep your blood sugar stable. According to a study done by Harvard Medical School, the right diet can also boost memory, making it crucial to remembering and accomplishing all the tasks on your to-do list. (Disclaimer: Consult your doctor about making any radical changes to your diet.)

While these tips are effective in decreasing your workplace stress, there is only one way to fully celebrate #NationalStressAwarenessDay: RELAX!

About the Author: Lianne Hikind is a staff writer for MWBEzone.

3 Keys to Peak Productivity

Here at GrantWatch, we believe that productivity can always be improved. So, this week for #WednesdayWisdom, we have three tips for increasing your middle-of-the-week productivity.

  1. Create a to-do list as soon as you get into work, separating quick tasks from lengthier ones. This helps you prioritize the tasks and declutter the brain before you begin to tackle your work. Getting easier/smaller tasks finished early in the day may increase motivation to completing more mentally-tasking assignments throughout the day.
  2. Organize each task into specific time slots: assign yourself slots of time for each task. It’s easy to fall into that middle-of-the-week slump when it comes to your workload; make it easier to accomplish individual tasks by assigning yourself a realistic, but specific, amount of time to finish your assignment. Bonus points if you manage to get tasks accomplished early!
  3. Take a five-minute walk break when you find yourself unable to focus. Sometimes, when focus slips, the best thing to do is physically get up (if your type of work allows for it) and just walk around (inside or outside the office) to get your brain working again.

About the Author: Lianne Hikind is a staff writer for MWBEzone.