How to reduce stress while you’re at your desk

How to reduce stress while you’re at your desk

Given that you’ve clicked on this article, I’m rather assuming you’re experiencing a bit of stress right now, right?

In fact, I’d wager that you experience this stress on a regular basis.

So how do you combat stress when it strikes?

Well, I’ve been there and got the T-Shirt on stress. I know exactly how debilitating it can be when you’re sitting at your desk surrounded by work and overcome with stress.

When I became a Master Practitioner of NLP, I gained powerful techniques to help me be more resourceful and in control of my mind even in tough situations. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a quick fix tool. It takes practice. The more I implemented it into my daily life the more powerful it became as I could pick and choose my thoughts, eliminating stress.

Since setting up POD HR and Training, I’ve started training NLP and Mind Management in Business to others. I’ve seen the massive impact it can have on results as stress is reduced and leaders have the capability of staying calm during times of pressure.

Well-being is so important for all of your employees, as well as yourself. I know how tough it can be to find the time to invest in yourself, so I wanted to write an article to help you have some resources to manage stress while at your desk.

smiling woman working at her desk stress free

Notice your triggers

The first step is awareness. You need to recognize what stresses you out and what situations cause you stress.

To do this, I find it’s really useful to make a note of anything that’s happened that has caused you stress. If you do that for a few days and look back over everything you’ve made a note of, you’ll see a pattern.

This could be a particular context that the stress occurs in, or some form of theme flowing throughout your week that causes you stress.

Once you’ve made note of that, you can consider how you can make different choices or take alternative action to reduce the amount of times you experience this trigger.

The best way to do this is to work on your internal world so that the triggers will no longer phase you, but this is easier said than done! It’s not the kind of thing that’s easy to do alone, so I’d recommend you work with an NLP Coach to break the connection between your triggers and the stress that it causes. There’s techniques I can give you so you can work on it yourself, but NLP Coaching would be a far quicker method of getting right to the source.

The way NLP works is it makes us aware of our internal programming, and gives us the tools to change the way we’re wired. This works for changing bad habits, improving stress management, and a huge array of other things.

You don’t need to see a practitioner to see improvements, of course. You can learn huge amounts and make changes just from free resources such as this and others in our learning centre. However, if you want to completely eliminate your triggers, I’d always recommend working with a Master Practitioner of NLP.

The important thing is to understand your triggers and make choices that take you away from them, such as doing tasks at different times or in different seats.

“How isn’t it a problem?”

Stress usually comes from perceiving something as a problem.

Challenge your mind to consider how it isn’t a problem.

When you view a situation from different angles it helps your mind to combat stress. Just as there is day, there’s also night. There’s always a contrast, you just have to notice it.

For every stressful situation you come across that causes you anxiety, if you look closely enough, there will always be a different way to view it.

For example:

“I’m stressed because there are lots of people off ill today”

This can be viewed from the following angles:

People are taking the time to rest today. When they return, they’ll be more efficient and energetic.

They won’t get worse off as they’re resting rather than pushing through.

They’re not at 100% capacity. They could make critical errors that create risks for the company, so it’s good they’re not working if they’re not up to the task.

They’re staying home and therefore not spreading germs around the office, causing more people to be sick.

The team will pull together to respond to this challenge and you’ll have a chance to see who shines and find out who you can rely on to help with work in the future.

Compared to what could happen, or is happening in the world, it’s not a problem.

I could probably go on, but I think I’ve made my point!

There’s always different ways of viewing a situation and that’s quite liberating for the mind. As human beings we don’t like being trapped in a box.

Stress is a lot like entrapment. You see a problem without a way out, causing a closed in feeling. When you view it from all angles, you open that lid and step outside the box. You’re in control of it, rather than it being in control of you.

There’s other questions you can ask yourself to steer your mind to view it differently. These are;

  • How wasn’t it a problem before?
  • How won’t it be a problem in the future?
  • What won’t happen as a result of the problem?

These may sound a little clunky and phrased oddly, but they’re designed to evoke response from the subconscious.

Two employees working happily at their desk without stress

Reduce stress by accessing different feelings

Stress is something everyone wants to avoid, so what would you want to replace it with instead?

Love? Joy? Happiness? Confidence? Power?

What would make you feel really good right now?

As an example, we’ll say you picked joy.

Can you recall a time when you felt abundant joy? Do any memories pop-up?

What was it like? Really try and embrace what it feels like to be filled with complete joy.

What do you see, hear, and feel?

In doing this process, your mind steps away from the stress. It creates new pictures, feelings, and mind-states. What people often don’t realise is that they hold a wealth of resources inside of them, just waiting to be used.

Once you’ve made the conscious decision to think back to that memory, your body will recreate those sensations. That joy will travel back to you and get inside of your mind.

Just thinking about it isn’t enough. You need to imagine what you were seeing at the time, what you were hearing, and what you were feeling. What was it really like? How do you know you felt joy?

In NLP we call this getting associated. You need to get inside of it so you’re experiencing it again in your mind.

This triggers a neurological reaction in your body that negates the stress.

If you see an NLP Coach, they’ll talk you through getting this access and setting them up as anchors so you can always access that neurological reaction when you need to.

An anchor is a way of connecting that state to something that makes the association in your mind.

An example of this could be whenever you touch a certain area of your hand, or you hold a certain object, your mind links it to that state of joy.

This is something you can play with yourself. As you access that feeling and you’re within the mind-state, press down on a certain part of your hand or your knee. Then, as soon as the joy starts to subside, stop pressing down.

Connect with it again, and once you’re fully in the state of joy, press down again. Hold it for as long as the state lasts.

Repeat it a few times and the mind will eventually connect that part of you with joy. From then on, whenever you press on that area you’ll be flooded with those same feelings.

It’s not easy to do yourself. However, you can certainly start practising and connecting with a more resourceful place within your mind. Whether you create an anchor or not, by thinking about more joyful moments in your life you’ll already help yourself through a stressful day.

Your mind will be snapped out of the anxiety and stress and think of something different. By default, this will help to release the feeling of entrapment.

Employees working along a long desk looking happy talking to customers without stress

Use a technique to free your mind from stress

You’ve probably heard of the word ‘mindfulness’ spread across the internet recently. No, this isn’t just lighting some candles and writing in a journal. It’s a way to consciously control your mind-states and allow you more control over your life.

For some, this may be candles and writing. For NLP Practitioners, it’s something called The Hakalau (also known as The Learning State, or The Now State).

The Hakalau is an expanded state which blocks out the past and the future, allowing you to remain entirely in the present.

When you’re in the present, no problem can exist. You’re not thinking of consequences or how you got there. You have the ability to do absolutely anything – it’s a place of pure possibility.

You don’t have the usual pattern of your mind firing anxieties and concerns at you.

You’re free and aware of everything around you.

As we go about our day to day life, many of us barely notice what’s in front of us. Our minds block us with our thoughts, memories, decisions, and mind-states. You can easily miss what’s right under your nose!

When you develop this state, you can become acutely aware of everything. Your mind can absorb everything in the present moment through your sensory channels, leaving no space of unwanted thoughts.

If you want to find out how to get into and use The Now State, have a look at our article here.

I hope you’ve found this article useful and you can start enjoying the benefits of managing your mind and eliminating stress.

If you have high levels of stress and you’re finding it tough to handle, I’d be happy to have a free consultation with you to see if NLP Coaching would be right for your situation. I want to help as many people as possible live a stress free work life, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

For more information on how an NLP Coaching session would work and to arrange a free consultation, send me an email directly on natalie@podhr.co.uk

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