Let’s face it- our work lives can be very stressful, and, at times, the stressors are out of our control. As leading
women in a rapidly changing industry we may regularly feel overwhelmed, stressed out, and anxious. Our bodies are not designed to sit in cubicles, offices, and conference rooms eight or more hours a day, but what is a
career-minded woman to do in our modern society? Until the day when we can all quit our day jobs and move
to a cabin in the woods (assuming that’s something you’d want to do), here are a few steps to care for yourself
and manage your stress during your workday.
Angela E Watson Robertson, MBA, is a former mortgage and sales
professional turned holistic health coach, blogger, and writer. She is a 500
hour certified hatha yoga instructor, Founder of Angela Watson Coaching,
LLC, and Creator of TheHolisticates.com, a website and blog devoted to
sharing ideas about living a holistic, balanced life. She can be reached at
Find your Tribe
You will know these people when you meet them. Your “tribe” are people that can make you laugh even when you just had a tough meeting
with your boss and you know you have to work until eight p.m. all
week. They are your stress-relief sisters (or brothers) who “get” you,
support you, and can help you blow off steam. Most of us can recall a
time when our work life was extremely stressful, but because of the
support of a few key people we connected with at work we made it
through the tough days.
Be Mindful of Your Breathing
The quality of our breathing, our inhales and exhales, is directly connect-
ed to the tension and anxiety in our body and mind. Pay attention to
how your breathing changes throughout the day. Are you holding your
breath or breathing short, shallow breaths from your chest instead
of from your lower belly? As much as possible, consciously choose
to practice slow, deep belly breathing throughout the day. Get some
privacy throughout the day and practice breathing six count inhales and
seven count exhales to release stress and detoxify your body and mind.
Make “Me Time” Mandatory
We all need some alone time - even during the work day. Utilize your lunch
break and other breaks during the day to nurture and uplift yourself. Go to
a nearby café or park, or sit in your car and read a book that inspires you.
Write in your journal, call a close family member for support, or listen to an
uplifting podcast on your phone. If you can’t get away from the office, take
your book and journal to an empty conference room or the office cafeteria,
or close the door of your office for a bit. The key is to do something you
enjoy that centers and uplifts you.