Breathe Deep and Stretch

While some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and impact your physical and emotional health. And your ability to deal with it can mean the difference between success or failure.

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You can’t control everything in your work environment, but that doesn’t mean you’re powerless—even when you’re stuck in a difficult situation. Finding ways to manage workplace stress isn’t about making huge changes or rethinking career ambitions, but rather about focusing on the one thing that’s always within your control: you.

Whether you have 5 minutes or 30 minutes, there are plenty of ways to take the time you have to breathe deep and stretch. And if you’re leaving your desk for awhile, turn off you monitor and computer to save some energy. Power down to power up!

Ways to Relieve Stress

Get moving

Regular exercise is a powerful stress reliever—even though it may be the last thing you feel like doing. Aerobic exercise—activity that raises your heart rate and makes you sweat—is a hugely effective way to lift your mood, increase energy, sharpen focus, and relax both the mind and body.

Talk to an attentive listener

The other person doesn’t have to “fix” your problems; he or she just has to be a good listener. Simply sharing your feelings with a trusted friend or family member can be very cathartic, even if there’s nothing you can do to alter the stressful situation.

Make food choices that keep you going

Low blood sugar can make you feel anxious and irritable, while eating too much can make you lethargic. Healthy eating can help you get through stressful work days. By eating small but frequent meals, you can help your body maintain an even level of blood sugar, keep your energy up, stay focused, and avoid mood swings.

Helpful Articles:

12 Ways to Eliminate Stress at Work

21 Stress Relieving Activities at Work That Will Keep You Happy

Local Activities:

Yoga studio at Bathurst and Wellington, includes wellness centre:

Studio Lagree” Yoga studio/gym at King and Tecumseh

Share Your Participation!

Take a photo of your stress relieving activities and share it with us, and you could win a $50 Prepaid Visa!* You can post them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or by email. When posting on Twitter or Instagram, be sure to follow us and use the hashtag #720healthmonth. Taking a group photo? Email us the names of the participants along with the photo, and each person will be entered into the draws.

Participants who share photos from all activities during the month of April are eligible. Winners will be selected and announced on the website on Friday, May 6th. Please provide your name and the name of your employer at 720 King West.

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*Please note that this contest is open to occupants of 720 King West only. You must be employed in the building at the time the winners are announced.