Stress Relief Tip: Keep It Simple

A gentleman who recently attended one of my stress management talks got in touch and told me:

“I was inspired by what you said about keeping it simple and taking baby steps.  My office is just a few steps from the restroom. Instead of going right there, I walk down the hall, down two flights of stairs, around that floor, back up three flights of stairs before coming back down to my floor and hitting the men’s room. I even started tracking how often I do it and put a check mark next to the date when I do.”

That is music to my ears.  Simple steps go a long way.  Remember to start where you are rather than where you want to be.  With consistent practice, eventually you’ll get there.

How can you incorporate more movement and opportunities to relieve stress into your day?  Give yourself a break during the day even if you can’t leave the office.  It not only feels good it will improve your focus, productivity and your health.

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  • Lance

    So…I was baking cookies last night (for a work function), and kept thinking as I was working in the kitchen – how this would have been a perfect time for me to get my workout in – and here, the cookie making was taking that time away from me. And then I stopped. Because, I realized, also – that between the cookies cooking – there were minutes available. Pushups, squats, planks (ok…those just hurt!) – they can be done anywhere. I got my whole workout in around the baking (and it felt great). So – I went from feeling a bit stressed about my “time”, to feeling great just because I took those steps right where I was at!!!!

    Good stuff, for sure – taking simple steps in the directions we desire to go!!

  • Stacey Shipman

    Lance, that’s a great story and truly what this short post was all about! Ironic though, that you’re workout happened as you baked cookies! That’s funny. Thanks for sharing. Hope you are doing well.

  • Joy

    Oh *grin* I love that Lance combined cookie baking with a workout! Ingenious…
    This week the feelings I know I want to express in my life are fresh, simple, clean and freedom keeps popping in there..perhaps because fresh, simple, clean equals lots of space to create..the freedom to move and stretch beyond the point I am little manageable steps instead of huge leaps as I am used to doing…

  • Karl Staib – Work Happy Now

    A lot of times we forget that making small changes help us in such large ways. It’s these small changes that help us improve our habits.

    I love Lance’s workout routine. I bet his workout helped him burn some calories from eating the cookie dough.

  • Stacey Shipman

    Hi Joy – I loved Lance’s story, too. Small, manageable steps is the best way to go. A hard lesson sometimes, though, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    Hi Karl – Definitely – small changes can really go a long way!

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