How to Limit Stress During the Work Week

September 7, 2018, 1:33 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (FOX 24 NEWS NOW) — Our environments are often overloaded with stressors from work to school and other activities.

The workplace is often the worst among these triggers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 40 percent of employees in the workforce said their jobs were stressful.

Laura Snyder, South Carolina wellness director for United HealthCare stopped by with a few tips for mindfulness and making the most of your workday.

With practice, mindfulness may free employees of habitual patterns of thinking, judging, feeling and acting, and may help them perform better, ignore distractions, and make better decisions throughout the day

The following “Mindful Breaths” exercise may be helpful, especially when noticing that twinge of tightness, anxiety or stress many of us experience during the day:

– step 1: bring awareness to your body and the sense of the natural breath in the body.
– step 2: inhale through the nose, and exhale either through the nostrils or through the mouth as if breathing out through a straw.
– step 3: repeat the inhale, and then the exhale. Notice the air entering the body, the pause after the in-breath, and the air leaving the body on the out breath.
– step 4: one more time – slowly inhaling, and then slowly exhaling.

Mindfulness can be practiced while sitting in a quiet place, while walking, or even during normal workplace activities, such as attending a meeting or replying to an e-mail.

When distractions come into mind, practicing this technique may help people let those distractions go and come back to the present moment.