Easy, cheap way to defuse workplace tension: Just breathe

Fear during uncertain times can create tension that might lead to backbiting and snapping in the office.

However, there are ways that managers and workers can make their working environment a more pleasant, professional place.

Mary Mitchell, the president of The Mitchell Organization, a training and consulting practice that focuses on workplace etiquette and professional behavior, said worries about the economy — and natural disasters — often lead to fear. And that leads to stress.

But there’s a simple remedy to combat some of that stress: breathe.

Just one or two deep breaths “can re-focus you, recenter you, kind of reset your dials,” Mitchell said,”and then you move forward.”


And even in today’s fast-paced work life, “everybody can afford one or two deep breaths,” she added.