Beat Job Stress: 6 Places To Escape The Office (Without Leaving The Office)


Sometime it feels like we’ll be chained to our desks 5 days per week for the rest of our working lives. Numerous studies show that job stress is far and away the major source of stress for adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades. Increased levels of job stress as assessed by the perception of having little control but lots of demands have been demonstrated to be associated with increased rates of heart attack, hypertension and other disorders. 40% of workers now report their job is very or extremely stressful whilst 29% of workers feel quite or extremely stressed at work.

When stress builds or time lags it’s important to take some time out to regroup and re-approach your working day with a renewed sense of purpose.

Here are some handy tips on how to give yourself a break during the daily drag.

  1. Make a hot drink: Or better still, treat your colleagues to a Starbucks – your shout. Perks – It takes you out of the office for at least 15 minutes. You get time to make those important calls and catch up with neglected friends and family. Buying surprise coffees makes you look like a selfless hero!
  2. Meeting Rooms: These private sanctuaries are useful for those awkward calls like when a headhunter calls you when you’re sitting next to your boss.
  3. Water Cooler: If chitchat floats your boat then head for the water cooler. There’s usually someone to natter to and distract you from that excel spreadsheet. A great place to make new friends and hydrate of course.
  4. Online: You can now download a number of apps to give you privacy whilst surfing online. Don’t want to get busted for job searching at work? Check out this list of 10 internet privacy apps to browse the web anonymously so you’re company will never find out you’re already thinking about your next challenge.
  5. Regular snacking: Food is a major distraction and  having a snack mid morning and/or mid afternoon can really pick your spirits up. Keep it healthy though and avoid the afternoon sugar crash; read our post on boosting productivity at work.
  6. Take a 2 minute massage: Every so often stare at the computer screen – so everyone else thinks you’re still working – then give your face and sinuses a proper massage workout with your fingers for a quick boost.

Hopefully these techniques stave off your boredom and stress for the time being, but if you consistently feel like escape is necessary then it’s likely you need something more radical… like a new challenge or new career.

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