Tough Love Tuesday: Six Tips For When The Work Day Is Getting Stressful


Sometimes you get overwhelmed with work/relationships/life, and you just need a breather. So here are some tips on how to walk away from stress, even if you only have a few minutes.

1 // Close Your Email

I know it's the hardest thing to do when your boss/client/pet has a million things they want you to do. Closing your email even just to get your task at hand done will do wonders for your mood. Also if they need you that badly in the ten minutes you were away, they would probably call you. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Email is someone else's to-do list.

2 // Take A Walk

If you work from home, you have the luxury of leaving your place even in the middle of the workday. Go get a cup of coffee at the local cafe or just pace around your neighborhood. Walk your dog. If you don't have a dog steal a dog and walk that dog. Anything to blow off some steam.

3 // Eat Something

Now I am not an advocate for stress eating but I just made a plate of nachos at 11:30am and it sure as hell made me feel a whole lot better. Like Snickers says, "You are not you when you're hungry." Find a snack somewhere or take an early lunch. Getting some yummy food in your tummy always makes things better.

4 // Hide In The Bathroom

I'm serious. Back when I worked in retail when I was stressed I would hide in the bathroom. Also, there was only one, so if someone were in there, I would say I had to go to the one out in the mall. That was a twofer. I got to take a walk and then hide in the bathroom. Typically your boss doesn't want to know what you're doing in there for that long so you can easily buy yourself at least five minutes of solitude. And if they do ask, tell them the most disgusting thing you can manage. They'll never bring it up again.

5 // Breathing Exercises and Yoga

Especially when you work outside of the home. No one will talk to you when you're doing downward dog in a staff meeting or cobra by the water cooler.

6 // Quit Your Job

Who needs to work anyway? Jump on a plane to Antigua and never come back. I heard it's beautiful there.

Do you have any tips for stressful days at work? Tell me about the last time you quit your job and ran away. Leave it in the comments!