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8 Ways To Build Confidence And Reduce Stress At Work

Stress can get on top of us at times, and more often than not it can be because of work, whether it’s pressure, colleagues, self-confidence, performance worries or finance related, we’ve got 8 top tips to help you de-stress and regain your confidence at work - you’ve got this!

The Power Pose

It’s a simple change but it can totally remodel how others and you view yourself. Next time you’re at work think to yourself, ‘Am I projecting the right energy?’, if your body language is closed you might be shutting yourself away from opportunities. Practice open body language, also known as the power pose.

Don’t hide behind yourself, hold yourself high with your shoulders wide and your arms away from the front of your body. An open body language power pose will make you appear more approachable, just watch as people begin to gravitate towards you. Your confidence will be climbing in no time.

Be Active

Regular exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle, but it has many more benefits than just keeping you in shape. Partaking in regular exercise will help you to channel your energy and will show you that you are more resilient than you think.

Exercise helps to lower your blood pressure, alleviating stress. Whether it's a run, yoga or a quick 20 minute brisk walk, set out time for yourself to get your heart rate up during the week, it’ll help to keep your stress levels down in the long run!

Connect With Colleagues

A simple hello can go a long way, especially on a day when we’re feeling stressed and doubting ourselves. Make a special effort to converse with your colleagues at work, perhaps there are people you have never spoken to in the office before, reach out and make some new connections, it’ll make your day and there's too.

Have Some Me ‘Time’

Me-time is essential. Run yourself a nice relaxing bath and let your thoughts evaid your mind, read a book and become immersed in the story or partake in your local yoga class - whatever you enjoy.

Scheduling time for yourself outside of work will help you to feel on top of your professional life when at work. Creating a clear divide will allow you to separate work time and personal time, without work stresses creeping into your home life and knocking your confidence.

Even if it’s just 30 minutes a day, get into a routine of taking time out for yourself, take a step back and breathe, your stresses will soon loosen the grip they hold on you.

Practise Stress-busting Breathing Techniques

With stress comes high blood pressure, and long or frequent periods of stress can have a negative effect on our health. To help nip feelings of stress in the bud fast practice the Scentered ritual; stop, inhale and reset. Apply your favourite Scentered Aromatherapy Balm to your pulse points (wrists, neck and temples), and pause, take a deep breath and exhale, making sure you exhale for longer than you inhale.

This ritual can help with confidence too. Perhaps you’re looking for that extra boost of confidence before a big presentation, settle your anxiety and self doubt by following the ritual with the Scentered FOCUS Wellbeing Ritual Aromatherapy Balm. Formulated with 100% natural rosemary and mint essential oils to stimulate alertness and encourage focus, this ritual along with some breathing exercises will have you feeling ready to conquer anything.

Set Goals And Challenges

Setting yourself goals at work can help you to remain focused. These goals will remind you of your abilities and will help you to recognise your progression - something you should give yourself a pat on the back for when you reach these goals.

You might miss a goal or two, but don’t be disheartened, pushing through and continuing to learn will strengthen your emotional resilience, and greater emotional resilience will lead to better stress management.

Work Harder, Not Smarter

Focus on being productive, try to limit the amount of time you spend procrastinating and doing pointless tasks. Work harder, prioritising high importance tasks and saving the low priority tasks for the end of your to-do list.

By doing this you’ll understand the value of your time, your time will be well organised and your stress levels will soon lower as you accomplish your high priority tasks. Your confidence will increase as you realise you’re unstoppable, with tasks being completed on time and with minimal pressure.

Create Your Own Mantra

Think about the things at work that stress you out at work, what negative phrases do you say to yourself? Perhaps things like ‘I’m not good enough for my job’ or ‘This presentation is going to go badly’, think of your negative phrases and flip it! Flip these phrases on their heads and turn them into your very own positive mantra, for example ‘I am worthy of my job, and I’m doing great’, or ‘I’m of great value to the team’ or ‘I’ve got what it takes to smash this presentation’. 

When you’re feeling stressed or your confidence is taking a tumble, repeat these affirmations to yourself over and over in your head, ingrain these positive mantras into your mindset and you’ll start to believe them, your confidence will back up to where it should be in no time at all!

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