2 Ways to Stress Less at Work

I am a pretty high-strung person who tends to get stressed out and overwhelmed easily. It doesn’t help that I’m in the journalism and news business, which adds the obvious deadline pressure and crazy scheduling! Stress also releases cortisol in the body, which causes the body to crave fat and sugar. For many, this can lead to unhealthy eating and weight gain.

My life coach, Alison Miller, says it’s important for someone like me who works in a high-stress, busy environment to slow down. Alison told me to write “PAUSE!” on a post-it and stick it to my work computer. Now when I’m battling a million tasks and deadlines, I try to take a moment and look at the paper and do just that.

I often multitask at work to get everything done, but Alison says this really means you’re doing too many things at once without really getting anything done efficiently and productively. So she gave me this advice: 

• Tackle one project at a time. For example, spend a solid 15 minutes straight on just answering e-mails or answering phone calls, or making a list for the grocery store. You end up getting your work done in a much more efficient and less stressful manner. You’ll be surprised at how much work you can get done in an uninterrupted 15 minutes!

• Give yourself a break—physically. Take a walk to the water fountain or do a lap around the building, stretch, or visit a coworker and chat face to face instead of sending an e-mail. This will get your blood flowing, make you more mindful of time management and it even burns a few calories!

It’s never easy to make lifestyle changes, but I’m doing my best to incorporate these steps into my day-to-day life!

2 Ways to Stress Less at Work-2 Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 32-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!

Who’s helping Yasmin? Life coach Alison Miller, Ph.D, nutritionist Keri Gans, R.D, and Equinox personal trainer Stephanie Pipia.

 

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