Now that the holidays are over and everyone's back to the daily grind, the last thing you want is to feel overwhelmed by the stress and pressure brought upon by work. To combat your stress, here are five simple self-care practices you can do while you chase that deadline:
1. Get organized.
In other words, you better be making that to-do list and checking it twice. Anxiety can often stem from feeling scatterbrained and overwhelmed. Our advice? Start the day by writing down everything you need to do, along with the deadline of each. With good time management, a handy set of post-its, and maybe an inspirational quote tacked to your desktop, anything can be done.
2. Stretch it out.
Clocking in OT might have you missing that 6 p.m. yoga class, so squeeze in some side stretches and seated twists at your desk. If you've got a few more minutes to spare, look up some office or chair yoga sequences online and try them out. These will help release and relieve a lot of tension in your neck, shoulders, and upper back, so you'll feel instantly refreshed.
3. Put on a mask.
Staying in your cold cubicle all day can dry out your skin big time. The result? Nasty red blotches that often get worse with stress. It might sound a bit silly, but wearing a sheet mask can help brighten a dull complexion, smoothen out fine lines, and rehydrate your skin's barrier. Plus, it's only 10 minutes of your time-you can totally do it during your lunch break.
4. Use aromatherapy oils.
Extracted from exotic botanicals and bearing chock-full of therapeutic properties, essential oils can help uplift the mood, reduce stress and fatigue, and even relieve discomforts such as headaches and muscle pain. Try Danarra Roll-on Aromatherapy Oils, for example, which come in roll-on bottles for easy topical application. Right on time for the holidays, Danarra has come out with a limited-edition set of six oils (priced at P450) that are infused with fine fragrances: Green Tea, which helps promote clarity and focus, Lavender, which helps soothe and unwind the senses, Young, which helps relieve discomfort and stress, Classic Menthol, which helps lift your mood, Flowery Citrus, which helps you to relax, and Sport, an energizing fragrance perfect for sniffing before hitting the gym.
5. Have a gratitude jar.
Find an empty jar and place it on your desk. During your downtime, think about everything you're thankful for-your loved onesor your officemates who are bearing the heavy workload with you. List them down on pieces of paper, then put them inside the jar. When you feel the fatigue kick in, open your jar and check what you've written.
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