Stop, Drop & Roll

POSTED BY Rachel Sparrow on May 1, 2008

Does the frantic pace of your life wear you out?

Is everything happening at once?

Do you wish time would just stand still for a moment?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then you need to Stop, Drop & Roll.

Stop looking at your computer.

Drop your pen and paper.

Roll your chair away from your desk.

Here are a five ways to reduce stress during your day:

Take a mini vacation.

Stepping away from your desk, even if for five minutes, will help refresh and rejuvenate you, allowing you to think more clearly and be more productive. Take a walk to Pike Place Market and view the beautiful flowers and colorful produce. Smile at the birds chirping. Or just gaze at the glimmer of the sun on Puget Sound as you grab your cup of coffee.

Take out the garbage.

De-clutter not only your desk or email inbox, but also your mind. Writing a To Do list allows your mind to focus on more important tasks. Instead of thinking about how you need to buy milk on the way home or pick up the dry cleaning, you can focus on that new design, a phone call, or the best strategy for your client. And, as an added bonus, you feel a sense of accomplishment when you visually cross one more thing off your list.

Listen for a change.

Research shows that music can affect our moods. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, turn on your iPod and find some relaxing music. Music is powerful because it affects our auditory cortex and our limbic system, which controls our emotions. Close your eyes for five minutes, concentrate on calming music, and find some peace.

Just Breathe.

When we’re stressed, we often breathe shallowly or sometimes even hold our breath. Ever give a huge sigh? Next time that happens, close your eyes, breathe in deeply through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth. Visualize all of your muscles relaxing. Concentrating on your breathing for just five minutes will help calm you.

Say Cheese.

Smile. It’s that simple. They’re contagious (even if they’re fake). They make people happy. If you’re frustrated, try smiling at the next five people you pass in the hallway and notice how your mood changes. The more you smile, the more positive reactions others will give you.

WRITTEN BY Rachel Sparrow

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