Quick Relaxation Tips

How to De-stress at the Office

By: Sabrina Medora

Being in the office for long hours each day can be a stressful experience. Sometimes the stress only builds, as you become more anxious to go home and relax. Luckily, there are a few techniques for de-stressing while at the office that won’t take more than a couple of minutes.

Here’s what to do when you feel the anxiety building into a headache or a bad mood:

  •  Plug your ears with your fingers and begin to inhale and exhale deeply. Focus only on the sound of your breathing. Count your breaths if you wish. Continue for two minutes.
  • Drum your fingertips gently on your forehead in a circular motion, keeping your eyes closed. Engage your thoughts on the tapping sounds and nothing else.
  • Rub your palms together fiercely to create heat. Place them over your closed eyelids and press gently. For a better experience, exhale deeply into a handkerchief or some form of loose cloth. When warmed, place that part of the cloth over one eye at a time.
  • Recline in your chair or lie down if you have the opportunity. Focus on your toes. Tense them up for 5-10 seconds and then release. Then focus on your calves, tensing them up and then releasing them. Keep working your way up your body, following your thighs, abdomen, chest, shoulders, arms, palms, et cetera until you have tensed and relaxed your entire body. This is known as Progressive Muscle Relaxation.
  • Put only a couple of drops of lavender oil onto a tissue and inhale without touching it to the nose. We prefer lavender oil to mini-packs of lavender because eventually the scent of the packs lightens whereas the oil always stays fresh. Lavender is a very soothing scent as long as it’s in small doses.

Here are a few more tips that should be put into effect daily for better productivity and a calmer attitude at work!

  • Buy a foot roller for the office and use it while working at your desk.
  • Play relaxing music softly in the background, or take three minutes out of your day to listen to a song you really enjoy while doing nothing else.
  • Take at least three 5-minute breaks through your day. Gaze out of a window during at least one of them.
  • Drink a cup of chamomile tea in the early afternoon or evening, whenever you find your stress begins to accumulate most.
  • Make a long list of tasks that you have to do, including the smallest. That way, you can cross more off quickly, feeling extra productive.
  • Keep real plants in your office. The lush greenery and circulation of oxygen helps to relax the mind.
  • Send a quick text to someone you love.

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