With increasing stress levels among employees in almost every organization, stress reduction activities are the need of the hour. High-stress levels can have an adverse effect on your employees’ physical and mental health. It can also emotionally drain them and affect their personal life. A little stress is required to keep your employees energetic and enthusiastic, but in today’s hectic world, excessive stress is taking a toll on employees’ health. Increasing stress at work can cause various problems for the employee’s health and strain his/her workplace relationships. It may also lead to poor performance and cause absenteeism.
While employees may also have to take certain steps to cope with excess stress, it is the duty of the management to ensure their convenience. Practicing a positive work culture, encouraging open conversations, ensuring a safe physical environment and putting extra effort into employee well-being will go a long way in reducing stress at the workplace. But, that’s not all. You can introduce some fun stress reduction activities at work to help your employees cope with the pressure. Let us take a look at these 10 stress reduction techniques that can lighten up the workplace atmosphere:
Stretch your neck:
This is one of the most effective stress reduction activities which does not take up much time and space. All you have to do is relax your muscles and tilt your chin forward. Move your neck from shoulder to shoulder in slow circular motions to de-stress.
Plan a team outing:
This is one of the best stress reduction activities by which employees can unwind. Take your team out for lunch and allow them to unwind. This way, they can get a much-deserved break. This will also help them bond better.
The chest stretch:
A hunched posture causes strain on your spine. Relieve yourself by stretching your hands behind you until you feel a gentle stretch in your chest. Repeat for about 3-5 times.
Stretch it out:
Tired of dejectedly staring at your computer for hours together. Just move away from the computer for a while, interlock your fingers over your head and stretch for a few seconds. You can also lean towards your left and right by holding the same position.
Flex your hip:
Sitting at your desk all day stiffens your hip muscles. The best way to relax them is through lunges. Put your right leg behind you and bend your knees and you feel a stretch at your hip. Stand up and repeat the same movement with your other foot.
Refresh yourself with yoga:
Organize a weekly yoga session at work. Yoga is one of the best stress busters and your employees will benefit from this greatly. It keeps you healthy both physically and mentally.
Tilt your head:
Is that nagging headache bothering you? Worry not. Just sit up straight, place your hand on your head and gently pull your head towards your shoulder until you feel a gentle stretch. Hold this position for 10 seconds and switch sides.
Do the Zumba:
Recently, several companies have been organizing Zumba sessions at work. It helps the employees de-stress and enjoy themselves. It also allows them to take a break from their hectic schedule and focus on something new and different.
Corporate social responsibility:
Organize a charity session at your workplace. You can get your employees to unleash their creative side by asking them to create paintings for sale or even bake something.
Talk it out:
Have interactive sessions with your team, where they can put forth their grievances and issues. You can also have brainstorming sessions on how certain problems can be solved.
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