By Elodie Mertz
The practice of family law can be a stressful occupation, and how effective you are at your job affects more than just yourself. Although stress can result from your work, it can also impact your concentration and energy while doing that very work. We’ve put together a list of helpful methods to alleviate your stress while in the workplace.
Take a Breath
Taking a few deep breaths at your desk can do wonders to help clear your mind. Stop at least twice a day to breathe deeply.
Slouching and hunching forward can constrict blood flow to the nervous system, digestive system, and brain. Keep your head up; as if your body were hanging by a thread, and your legs perpendicular to the floor with feet flat on the ground.
Time for a Walk
This can be done before and after work, or during your lunch break. 20 to 30 minutes of brisk walking has the same effect as a mild tranquilizer, and the endorphins and alpha waves produced promote a sense of relaxation and well being.
Keeping yourself hydrated is good for more than just optimal bodily health. Being just half a liter dehydrated can raise your stress levels and increase your heart rate. A hydrated body is an essential tool in maintaining a body that is stress free.
Stretch and Yawn
It may not look professional, but stretching and yawning just like when you get out of bed will help to ease your mind, and release tension from your muscles. Yawning helps the body to achieve homeostasis and regulate brain temperature. Concentrating on the good feelings that result from stretching can help boost your positivity.
Light and Plants
Add green plants to your workspace to clean the air and bring in oxygen and humidity into your indoor environment. Also, don’t underestimate the ability of light to reduce stress, fatigue and increase productivity. Ideally, opt for natural light, or if this is not possible use full-spectrum tubes. Natural light helps to reduce cortisol, which is the stress hormone, and is easier on your eyes.
Get the Sleep You Need
Lack of sleep not only diminishes mental performance the next day, it also has the same effect on your ability to cope with stress. Research shows that sleep deprivation is equivalent to being legally intoxicated!