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Take a break to manage your stress

Nov. 23, 2020

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It’s true that we’re all going through a lot – and we’re also all dealing with it differently. Stress might look different to you than for others. We can help you figure out a way to stay on top of it. 

Take a look at a few ideas for relieving your stress, whatever stress looks like for you right now. Are you feeling:

Overwhelmed and anxious?

  • Take control of your environment. Take a few moments to tidy up around you.

  • Focus on something real. Tend to a plant, plan a healthy meal or craft something with your hands.

  • Breathe deeply. A few minutes of meditation or gratitude can help you restore some calm.

  • Make a connection. Call a friend or loved one and let that connection ground you.

Tired and checking out?

  • Set your status to "dancing." Get up from your desk, put on some music and move.

  • Get hydrated. Chances are good you’re not drinking enough water.  

  • Stretch. If dancing’s not your thing, take a moment to stretch your muscles to help breathe some life into your body. 

  • Compliment someone. Whether it’s a co-worker or a friend, reach out and create a good moment for both of you. 

Physically exhausted?

  • Rest and relax. Ease your tired muscles with some yoga or stretching. 

  • Check in with yourself. Take a few deep breaths and take inventory of where you’re holding the stress in your body. 

  • Take a tea break. A hot beverage and taking time to drink it can help relax you. 

  • Help each other. Find a break buddy and help each other remember to take breaks. 

Sign up for reminders

Don’t see something that resonates with you? Check out Workplace Strategies for Mental Health’s list of healthy break activities and sign up for weekly reminders and suggestions. 

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