March 13, 2018

Your Tuesday Top 5: Tips to Inefficiently Manage Stress

Posted by AGU Career Center

In our current state of over-connectivity, stress becomes more pronounced and our health takes the backseat to social media updates and emails filled with deadlines and expectations.  Work never ends because technology enables us to work from anywhere and at any time.

It is important to build breaks into you routine because they allow you to recharge your batteries and return to work more productive. The catch is that you actually have to take the break. You can be more efficient in your work if you become a little less “efficient” on your breaks. Here are 5 tips to help you make your breaks function the way that they are supposed to:

  1. Sheldon on the Big Bang Theory often suggests a warm beverage to people experiencing stressful situations.  As Sheldon would tell you, he is very smart, and you should listen to what he says.  Teas are filled with antioxidants, and depending on the mix, can aid in clarity of thought, relaxation, or stimulation.
  2. Drink from a small container.  This practice will encourage you to get up from your desk more often to refill your cup at the proverbial fountain of youth and/or water cooler.
  3. Consuming mass quantities of liquids leads to certain biological outcomes.  To remedy the situation, choose the water closet furthest from your office.  You will get in a walk, and you are likely to see new people to add to your network.
  4. When meeting others for a break or lunch, choose a location outside of your workplace.  Force yourself to get away and take a break.
  5. In the days of old, telephones transmitted electronic signals through wires.  These wires tied phones down to a specific location.  Try simulating this ancient experience by leaving your phone on your desk during your breaks.  Any incoming calls will roll to voicemail.  It will be okay.  You can call them back when you return to your desk.

David Harwell is the Director of Talent Pool at the American Geophysical Union.