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Reclaiming Your Energy On The Job

We all experience stress at work -- but there is no reason to let it take control of your life or your job. No matter what the cause, there are some fairly simple and universally effective steps you can take to alleviate stress and regain your sense of balance. When you're feeling overwhelmed, give these a try.

The Mind-Body Connection

At any point during the day when you feel overwhelmed, the quickest remedy is a good deep breath. When you're stressed, you breathe much more shallowly, and the lack of oxygen makes it harder to focus -- at the same time your blood-pressure rises, which can cause headaches, dizziness, and even blurred vision (it's not always the fact that you've been staring at that damned computer for hours on end!) This is why a stressful situation often leaves you feeling muddle-headed -- but you can combat both these problems by filling your lungs to capacity. Stop what you're doing and take five slow breaths, inhaling into the deepest parts of your chest. It's amazing how much better you'll feel and how much more relaxed your body will be -- who knew breathing could be so good for you?

When you're stressed, your muscles also tighten -- especially around the neck, shoulders, and back. Unfortunately, you may not realize that your body is freezing up on you until later in the day, when it really starts to hurt. So it's good to make sure that you move around a bit during the day -- especially if you sit at a desk or behind a computer. At the same time that you take a break to breathe, do a little stretching -- roll your shoulders, bend, reach, try to work out all the creaks and kinks.

Shift Your Focus

Oftentimes, we get so wrapped up in a project that we lose all perspective and forward momentum -- stuck, frustrated, and unable to make any progress. That's when you need to mentally step away for a minute and focus on something else -- spend a few minutes doing something brainless and entirely unrelated to the problem at hand. Organize your desk drawer, file some papers, maybe even check your email or return a few phone calls. Let your mind change gears -- then when you come back to the problem at hand, you'll find that you see it with fresher eyes and a clearer head.

If simply focusing on a different activity doesn't reduce your stress, it's time to get up and physically walk away. Take a stroll in the fresh air, get a cup of coffee, go out for lunch -- but do something that allows you to completely disconnect from work. If it's near the end of the day, sometimes it's best to just turn off the lights and head home for a good night's sleep. Your brain will subconsciously still be working through the problem, even when you're watching TV or playing with your kids. And quite often, the solution will be right there waiting for you in the morning.

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posted on: 12/13/2011 11:30:00 AM by Ramona Creel
category: General Organizing Tips

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I have been a Professional Organizer for more than 10 years, I am a NAPO Golden Circle member, and I was the original founder of OnlineOrganizing. I have worked one-on-one with scores of clients and have trained dozens of newbie organizers as they got started in the industry. I provide both hands-on and virtual coaching to help clients improve their organizing skills and simplify their lives. I invite you to visit my website at http://www.RamonaCreel.com, and I challenge you to find one new idea that you can put into practice in your life, to help you become better organized, starting TODAY! I am passionate about coaching folks toward a more balanced, productive, and enjoyable life -- and I firmly believe that if I can do it, so can you!

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