How to Create a Relaxing Workspace

Brace yourselves, I’m about to admit something that might make you go, wtf?!

I enjoy cleaning. I enjoy organizing my spaces. I enjoy decluttering.

Crazy, right? I mean, who really enjoys doing those things? I guess, like most things, I more so enjoy the reward from doing those things.

When I walk in the door and my livingroom is spotless, I instantly feel relaxed and happy. On the other hand, if I walk into my bathroom and everything has exploded on the sink, dirty clothes litter the floor, and my husband has seemed to miss the garbage can every single time he attempted to throw away a used q-tip, then I can feel (pretty much instantaneously) my stress level rise. My heart beats faster, I become anxious, stressed, worked up. I don’t even want to walk in there. It’s proven that clutter causes stress and both negatively affect our brains (even our bodies). There is something about a clean, decluttered, organized space that just gives you some strange sense of peace and calm.

So here are the 3 steps to creating a relaxing workspace that will feed your productivity and success.

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Immediately Lower Your Stress Level

The other day, I was working on a pretty complex spreadsheet for a client. The kids are all home on Christmas break and the husband even had the week off.

As I was trying to concentrate, the older two started what I’m guessing was a wrestling match upstairs. It sounded like no less than a heard of wild animals running around my house. My husband walked in asking for help on some menial task that didn’t truly require me. Immediately following that the baby grabbed the toddler’s pigtail and pulled hard, causing her to scream and cry and as she pulled away, the baby fell, in turn, causing him to also scream and cry.

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I can only describe stress as pressure with your face being the gauge. As the pressure continues to rise, you can actually feel blood rush to your cheeks (feeling warm), you might shake a bit and eventually the alarm (yelling) goes off. I’m guessing thats what I looked like after that morning and I’m guessing many of you have been there too. So what do we do when we feel our stress level rising?

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Stress: The True Silent Killer Part 2

Have you ever had a stress migraine? I have, they suck. It’s crazy to think that stress can have a physical effect on us, not just an emotional or mental effect.

But migraines aren’t the only effect that stress can have on your body. According to the Mayo Clinic, many people attribute the symptoms they experience to some kind of illness, when, in fact, it is actually stress. Stress is not just a “feeling”, its a chemical reaction in your body.

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Stress: The True Silent Killer – Part 1

Last week I gave you some insights into some of the main causes of everyday stress. I’m hoping you were able to do some reflection to find out some of the triggers you might be experiencing. Once you know what is stressing you and can address the problem(s), you will be in a better mindset to handle your day better: to take on more, to structure your time, and to not lose your mind doing it.

But before we get there, there are some people out there who really don’t understand the severity of the effects stress, especially chronic stress, can have on your body and your mind. And others have come to accept the “reality” that stress is normal, everyone is stressed, and thats just how it will always be.

FALSE.

There is true peace, contentment, and joy. It IS possible. But if you make a choice to just live in your stress, there are many short-term and long-term affects, some which are very serious.

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How does stress affect you mentally?

When you get stressed for “no reason” (meaning there’s no imminent threat of danger or loss), your mind will almost immediately be affected. You may experience any of the following:

  • loss of judgment/decision making abilities
  • loss of your joy/overall disappointment
  • inability to focus or deal with distractions
  • making you feel anxious, frustrated, or angry
  • Making you feel depressed, unable to work, and unwillingness to be around others

As a mom, any of those things will throw off whole days, even weeks, and not only do I suffer, but my kids do. They don’t get my full (or even partial attention), its easier for me to express anger and disappointment rather than love or enjoyment. As a business owner, this will trickle down to those below you. When you let stress take over in the moment, you lose productivity, you become brash with your coworkers, and cause the spirit of anxiety to spread throughout your work place.

But what happens if you continually leave the stress unchecked? Here are some of the long-term, emotional affects stress can and will have on you:

Living a life full of anxiety, paranoia, and frustration does not sound like any kind of life to me. If you are stressed before even going into work, letting every situation make your anxiety worse, and then stressing out as you leave about the things that happened, that didn’t happen, or that will happen, your career and/or your business will fail. Stress will eat away at you mentally, stealing focus and energy you could be putting into your business. You cannot succeed if you are always stressed. You will not be happy if you don’t know anything but a stressful life.

model-589219_1920You have to make a conscious decision to not let yourself get stressed when things get busy, to not get overwhelmed when things don’t go as planned, and to not let anxiety become the basis of your “normal” mood.  Otherwise, not only are feeling and suffering from some immediate side effects, but stress will literally drive you crazy after a while. You have to learn to cope.

What kind of mental, emotional effects have you felt from stress in your life? Were they short-term effects or after prolonged exposure to anxiety? Have you ever worked for someone that you could tell was just stressed all the time? How did they affect the workplace?

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In the upcoming weeks, we will continue learning about stress and its effects and then how to deal with it. Because I really want to show you guys you can do more with your time, but even if you know every time management, task management, productivity trick in the book, if you cannot deal with everyday situations, you will never make the most of your time and you will never be truly happy. That’s my hope, that all of you feel like you are taking back your day. That you are feeling complete Peace of Time.