Three simple movements to diffuse stress at work

Ever have one of those days at work?  It starts out fine and then…

You get harassed by an unhappy customer. A project blows up in your face. You humiliate yourself in an important meeting.

Half way through the day your energy is drained – or negative – and you don’t want to carry that feeling through the day. Much less home with you.

I had that day last week.

I was working on a new guide to share on my web site. (Teaser Alert! If you’re feeling on the edge of a career transition it’s tentatively titled: “What to do when your dream career is giving you nightmares” ).

I had set aside the entire morning to complete it, but I wasn’t “feeling the flow”. Writers block was creeping in hard and fast. By the time noon came around, I wasn’t even close to done and I was in an all-out funk.

I was determined to get past that feeling because it was a gorgeous afternoon! Luckily, I was home and my bike was in the garage waiting for me. I jumped into the saddle and 8 miles later, I felt like myself again.

Movement is a great way to release heavy, dismal energy.  But most of the time – especially if you work for someone else – you don’t have the luxury of stopping in the middle of the day for a workout, bike ride or yoga practice.

That doesn’t mean you are fated to carry the negativity with you. You have options!

Today I’m sharing three simple movements you can use anywhere, when the stresses of the day start to creep up (or pound down) on you.

If you are lucky enough not to experience stress work, good for you! (And, I want to talk …) But more importantly, movement works universally. Try using these exercise with family, money or relationship stresses as well.

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Do you have another movement you use to shift you energy at work?  Tell me about it in the comments below.

And don’t hesitate to share this always-accessible remedy with any one you know and love who is dealing with stress (and really, who isn’t??)

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p.s. Boots the cat makes another appearance in this clip!!

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2 comments… add one

JoAnne B. Dostalek May 19, 2015, 12:38 pm

This is a great video! The tips are even good for retired people! (Love your plant)

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Jill Jill May 19, 2015, 4:32 pm

You are right – you don’t have to “work out” to get the benefits of movement. A little bit of movement goes a long way – for everyone.

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