As a Scout leader or volunteer it is easy to think that working from home and staying connected to our units, Scouts, and community should be easy, but in fact it is not easy but can be very stressful. As we try to build relationships with our volunteers and Scout families the anxiety can increase within our minds and cause us to be more agitated with each other, and reduce our unique ability to come up with great ideas to make our units better and productive.
In order to have a work-life balance Larry Kim CEO of Mobile Monkey suggests 15 ways to keep the mind calm and reduce anxiety in a matter of minutes from stress. This month we are going to focus on 5 of these 15 methods to get you started in the right direction to de-stress your environment.
1. Take a Walk
If you sit behind a desk all day, one of the best solutions for stress is going for a short walk.By doing this, your brain will release endorphins that subdue anxiety, increase energy levels and improve mood — all in just 15 minutes.So the next time you get up to use the restroom, take a detour outside or around the office to boost your endorphins.
2. Take a Deep Breath
This is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways to de-stress at work.Deep breathing helps increase oxygen flow throughout the body and can be done in two simple steps: First, breathe in slowly through your nose, filling up your lungs completely, and then slowly breathe out through your mouth.Repeat this process 5-10 times and you’ll find your stress melting away.
Similar to walking, stretching will loosen up the body and increase blood flow.This is a great option to de-stress if you’re on a time crunch, as you can easily find office stretching techniques for the neck, back and wrists online.
4. Meditate with an App
Meditation dates back as far as 5,000 BCE, but the development of modern technology has opened doors to a larger audience.Now, you can follow personalized meditations on popular apps like Headspace and Inscape in your own time to practice mindfulness.
5. Make a Checklist and Action Plan