How to Instantly De-Stress in the Office

Non-stop emails, endless deadlines, countless of tasks to complete—the next thing you know, it’s two in the afternoon and you missed your lunch (again). Although nobody said that office life is easy, if you are stressed every single day from nine to five, it’s important to know how to pause and take a break every few hours when you’re at work.

Workplace stress can be detrimental to your mental, emotional and physical health, so make sure to address the issue right away and keep in mind these instant stress busters.

  1. Avoid Another Cup of Coffee

Sure, a cup of coffee is needed to wake your senses up in the morning, but downing more cups of Joe throughout the day isn’t good for you. Instead of having too much of this anxiety booster in your system, try some green tea, which contains less than half caffeine than a cup of americano and the amino acid theanine to help you calm your nerves.

  • Listen to Music

Listening to upbeat songs can do wonders in improving your mood, so slip on your headphones and play your favorite tunes. If you want to relax or take a nap, play slow instrumental music. On the other hand, if you want to stay awake throughout the afternoon, get some dance music playing.

  • Get Up and Take a Walk

Going out during your tea break can help relax your mind. Take a short walk around the block to catch some fresh air, effectively releasing feel good hormones that lifts your mood instantly. And while you’re at it, stretch your shoulders, back and legs to release the tension and relieve stressed out body and mind.

  • Keep Aromatherapy Oils

Studies show that aromatic oils are helpful in stressful times. Get a few roll-on essential oils and set them on your office table. Menthol scents to increase your concentration, flowery citrus scents to boost your energy and green tea scent to help clear your mind.

  • Breathe Deeply

A few deep breaths also help reduce tension, relax the neck and muscles and relieve anxiety and stress. When you breathe deeply, your body inhales more amount of oxygen, regulating the flow of blood, which relaxes your body. Slow and deep breaths also increase oxygen circulation in the brain and slows down your heart rate, leaving you feeling more peaceful.

  • Look Out the Window

Take your eyes off from the computer monitor for a few minutes and gaze out the window to let your mind wander. Looking at the greenness of nature (not the wallpaper on your computer screen!) relaxes your body and mind. And did we tell you that daydreaming is an effective way to boost your creativity and problem-solving ability?

While there are unlimited ways to help reduce stress, you simply cannot eliminate stress altogether. There are certainly so many things to worry about; it’s simply up to you how you will handle them in such a way that you still live a happy and peaceful life.

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