5 Easy Stress Busters You Can Use at the Office

Stress is everywhere these days, especially at work. But you very well can’t lie down and relax in your cubicle or chant calming mantras out loud at your desk. Luckily there are some easy stress-busting techniques that are perfect for the office. Try these five to help you mellow out while working away.

1. Breathe

If you’re like most office workers, you probably sit hunched over at your desk staring at a computer screen. While this might help you be productive at work, it doesn’t do much for your oxygen intake or your stress levels.

Do yourself a favor, stand or sit up straight and tall. Now take a slow deep full breath so that your belly expands. Place your hand on your stomach if you need to. Then exhale slowly. You may even want to inhale to the count of four and exhale for four. Do this several times to help de-stress.

2. Chew Gum

When stressed, we tend to hold a great deal of tension in our jaws. This can eventually lead to pain, headaches or even TMJ. Chewing gum can help relieve physical tension in your jaw while also aiding mental stress. It also improves blood flow to the brain so you can tackle those tough work assignments.

3. Go Green

Believe it or not adding some greenery to your scenery can help combat work stress. German researchers found that people with plants in the office report feeling less stress. So surround your desk with a few live plants to help keep you calm.

If for some reason you can’t have plants around the office, then try to take a nature break. Go for a walk in the park at lunch or sit under a tree.

4. Listen to Music

“Music has charms to soothe the savage breast,” goes the famous quote. And it’s true. Don’t you feel a difference in mood when you listen to your favorite music? So go ahead and plug in your iPod while you’re working. It can help reduce stress and make you more productive. Try classical music. It’s great for relaxation and concentration. Music by Mozart and Vivaldi are often recommended.

5. Push those Pressure Points

Our bodies have trigger or pressure points that when pushed or massaged, can help release stress. Eastern medicine calls this acupressure. In many ways it’s like acupuncture only it uses finger pressure rather than needles.

You can do your own mini acupressure in the privacy of your office. Simply press or massage the area between your thumb and first finger for a minute or two.

Another tip is to put pressure on your eyebrows, near the middle where they line up with the center of your irises. Use your index fingers and simply press these areas. You should feel a release in as little fifteen seconds. Hold for as long as comfortable. Then follow with a quick forehead massage. Watch the stress melt away!

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