Most people will agree that at some point in their lives they have experienced some form of anxiety at work. This can often be very detrimental to a person’s mental and emotional state of being and in extreme cases, can seriously affect someone’s performance in the workplace. Luckily, there are many effective ways to combat anxiety in the workplace. LinkNow Media has compiled a list of strategies that you can encourage your team members to incorporate into their routines to effectively deal with anxiety.
Incorporating green spaces indoors and around the office is a great way to naturally reduce anxiety and stress in the workplace. Greenery and plants have been scientifically proven to lessen the effects of stress hormones on the psyche and encourage mental clarity, stability, and relaxation. Incorporating some air purifying plants is a cheap and easy way to spruce up your office space while also reducing stress and anxiety for your employees. Air plants, succulents and snake plants are low maintenance and can easily be arranged into small Zen gardens for your employees to enjoy on their lunch break or even at their desks.
At LinkNow Media, we believe in the importance of taking breaks. Lunch breaks, and short breaks between work periods do wonders for the psyche. A break is a perfect time for you to blow off some steam while enjoying a nourishing meal, stimulating cup of coffee or short stroll around the office. Breaks relax the mind so that work periods can be as effective and productive as possible.
Taking a moment to do some breathwork will greatly reduce anxiety in the workplace. A 5-minute session of deep inhalations, exhalations and holds for 5 seconds each has proven to greatly reduce stress in the body. It helps by circulating oxygen through the body and releasing muscle tension. The interval where you hold your breath allows for tension buildup and then the release during exhalation creates a sense of calm and relaxation.
Organizing a time where your team members can get together outside of the workplace and just have fun is a great way for people to get to know each other in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Some ideas are group yoga, hikes and guided meditation classes. Each of these activities encourages stress relief and relaxation through specific techniques that your employees can adopt in the workplace.
Always make sure that your team members are comfortable confronting you with any issues or concerns that they may have.
Anonymous comments can be left in a comments box and then evaluated on a bi-weekly or monthly basis and then brought up during staff meetings. This is a great way to address certain issues without singling anybody out.
From the team at LinkNow Media, we sincerely hope that you will find some of these simply and tips helpful and easy to incorporate into your work life.