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57 Little Ways to Handle Stress at Work

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 6

For those of us unlucky enough to be caught in a difficult working environment, stress at the workplace can be overwhelming. The next time a bad day at work is creeping up on you try one of these stress-busting ideas to lighten it up.

 

1. 

Take a clue from Martin Lawrence in the movie Bad Boys II. Rub the tops of both ears and gently whisper “woozah”.

2. 

Sign up for a kickboxing class. Nothing relieves stress like beating a bag!

3. 

Call an old friend that makes you laugh.

4. 

Schedule a vacation day to go to the spa.

5. 

Step out of the office at lunch to walk around the park and commune with nature.

6. 

Step out of the office at lunch to “meet” with your significant other.

7. 

Watch this video



8. 

Overwhelmed with the monotony? Book a trip to Vegas.

9. 

Go into a bathroom stall and scream.

10. 

Is your stress being caused by a co-worker who is inconsiderate, rude and obnoxious? Write him an email telling him exactly the opposite of how you feel about him.

11. 

Google the following phrase in Google Images: "Bang head here". Print and post the photo at your desk. Follow the instructions carefully.

12. 

Eat chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate.

13. 

When you get home, soak the stress away with a long, hot bubble bath by candlelight with soft neo-soul music playing in the background.

14. 

Put your problems in perspective by spending some time volunteering helping local people who are less fortunate.

15. 

Go for a run in the rain. Don't stop until exhaustion overwhelms you.

16. 

Buy something completely impracticable.

17. 

Read Chicken Soup for the Soul.

18. 

Plan an hour-long meeting with yourself while at work to play Angry Birds.

19. 

Dress completely inappropriately for your age for one full day.

20. 

Brainstorm career options.

21. 

Read up on and improve your Rock, Paper, Scissors strategy.

22. 

Make it a pizza and corny 80's movie night at home. Killer Clowns from Outer Space is always a hit!

23. 

Go dancing.

24. 

Get in touch with your inner need for Zen.



25. 

Pray for patience.

26. 

Rethink your career options. Make a chart of where you want to be in 5 years and detail a timeline of what you need to accomplish to get there.

27. 

Take a random weekend road trip.

28. 

Try yoga.

29. 

Go outside. Take a deep breath. Look up at the sky. Realize how small your problems are in the grand scheme of things.

30. 

Tell your boss how much you appreciate his support and direction and how much you LOVE your job.

31. 

Take 15 minutes out of your workday to make origami cranes out of paper in the recycle bin.

32. 

Go to the zoo with your kids. If you don't have kids, borrow someone else's (with their permission of course).

33. 

To get the office laughing, when your coworkers aren't looking, turn all of their phones to max volume.

34. 

Convince your coworkers to practice the Oprah Black Eyed Peas flashmob routine to be performed during the next big company meeting. (Yes, we actually did this where I work.)



35. 

Write down 5 things that make your job necessary and important to the organization that you work for. Write down an additional 5 things that your job provides towards maintaining your quality of life.

36. 

Read the following out loud: It's just a job. In 100 years what's bothering me today won't matter. This is not my life. It's just a job.

37. 

Play Words with Friends during the next frustrating meeting that you are forced to endure. If you bobble your head in unison with others in the room, no one will know.

38. 

Compete in a skeeball tournament at a local bar. Imbibe heavily (but responsibly) if necessary.

39. 

Do something completely crazy that pushes the limits of your comfort zone and is guaranteed to produce an insane adrenaline rush. Skydiving? Parasailing? 300-Foot roller coaster?

40. 

Read something smart and inspiring.

41. 

Play hopscotch.

42. 

Go shoe shopping.

43. 

Brainstorm 5 things you can do to improve the situation at work.

44. 

Watch reruns of The Office and identify which of your coworkers might qualify as a carbon copy of Dwight.

45. 

Commit one random act of kindness.

46. 

Journal your feelings. Get it all out on paper.

47. 

Add something creative to your day like crafting, writing, drawing, anything.

48. 

Call out sick from work. Spend the entire day in your pajamas. Eat as much as you want. Watch at least 3 hours worth of mindless soap operas.

49. 

Make a giant, chocolate peanut butter cheesecake. Eat a huge slice.

50. 

Go to Happy Hour after work. Imbibe (responsibly, of course).

51. 

Spend a lazy weekend watching an entire season of your favorite television show.

52. 

Relieve stress by getting in touch with your adolescent side. Invite friends over for a PS3 game night.

53. 

Start writing web content on Infobarrel to secure future revenue share pay thus potentially crafting your corporate escape plan.

54. 

Take your mind off the stress. Try something you've always wanted to do but never took the initiative to try.

55. 

Place a sturdy box, measuring approximately 14 inches by 8 inches and 4 inches deep on the side of your desk or next to your filing cabinet. Write the word “kickbox” on the top of the box. When a stressful moment at the office strikes, kick it.

56. 

Force yourself to think happy thoughts. What is intensely awesome about your life outside of work?

57. 

Watch this video.



In the end, the key to dealing with crazy stress at work, short of finding a new job, is lightening up and changing your perspective. You probably can't immediately change the fact that you have to work or deal with unpleasant issues at work, but you can change how you deal with them.

 

What do you do to cool down from a stessful day at the office? Log-in or join for free to comment.


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Comments

Feb 26, 2012 4:07pm
DebDavies
I need to try a few of these, especially any that get me out of the house.
Feb 26, 2012 4:10pm
miravu
LOL Well since you do write for a living, you could consider shoe shopping as research so that you could write a review. At least that's my excuse. :)
Feb 28, 2012 5:56pm
miravu
Thanks GirliBird!
Mar 10, 2012 12:43pm
dreamaker
Great article for many people. You should get a great response. Thumbs up from me all the way.
Mar 10, 2012 1:29pm
miravu
Thanks dreamaker! I appreciate that.
Mar 10, 2012 2:43pm
dreamaker
you desrve it your welcome
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