Careercast.com recently released its latest jobs survey, including the top 10 most and least stressful jobs. Public relations came in at number five under most stressful. This isn’t surprising. As a PR professional, I know that some days are very stressful and I need to be flexible. Jumping from a phone call to an e-mail and back to a phone call in a few minutes is challenging but can be done. Finding stress relievers and learning to be flexible takes time, experience and practice.
Right before the New Year I started practicing yoga again. It’s a great workout and awesome stress reliever, but getting to yoga class can create its own stress. Yet, an article on detnews.com “For overall health, give yoga a try,” reminded me how yoga has impacted my life. Practicing yoga has taught me how to slow down, meditate and find balance in my life.
There are many different types of yoga and most studios allow you to try a free class or two to find the best fit.
Practicing yoga is not just reserved for the studio. The book “Office Yoga” by
Darrin Zeer, has great tips on how you can incorporate yoga into your daily office life. My favorite is Yoga breathing; slow inhales and exhales out of the nose help to relax. A few minutes of yoga breathing every day is beneficial to help relieve stress and lower blood pressure.
Incorporating different yoga positions like neck rolls and arm stretches at work are easy to do and a wonderful reminder of the flexibility PR professionals need. In addition, my company Franco Public Relations Group provides yoga balls, in addition to desk chairs, so we can work on our core strength and flexibility while sitting at our desks.
As a PR professional I’m constantly working on improving my flexibility and learning to keep my stress level in check. I look forward to my next yoga class.
How do you handle stress in the office?