Destress at your desk

Destress at your desk

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Leaving my office isn't always an option when I begin to feel overloaded. I know that taking a step back and going for a quick walk or nabbing a 15 minute shut-eye session would help me power through my day, but I all too often look at the clock and have a call in 6 minutes or am waiting on a critical response just before a meeting. When these things happen, I need to destress right where I am - at my desk. Check out five simple things you can do at your desk to find calm and stability amid the chaos of a demanding office job.

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Color

Coloring may seem counter-intuitive, but believe it or not, it still allows you to turn your focus away from your emails and work and allow this therapeutic task to relax your mind. Coloring also allows folks to tap into their creative side and let your brain take a break! 

Stretch/Mini-workout

Working out in the middle of the day may not be an option for a lot of people, but everyone can find 5 minutes in their day to stretch. You don't always have to break a sweat to get stress-busting benefits. There are several desk stretches available at your fingertips on Dr. Google. You can also keep things super simple and hold an air squat, do a two minute plank, and drop and give me 20 push-ups! If that's not your speed - you can master a quick yoga flow! 

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Music

If you can't work and listen to music, then I suggest playing it on your lunch break. If lyrics aren't your thing - opt for instrumental. Music has a positive effect on mood, so bust out your favorite music app and give it a tap! 

Smell

Do you have smells that automatically make you relax? The smell of honeysuckles reminds me of playing outside with my sisters when we were young. Sometimes I will make a cup of honeysuckle tea in the afternoons before a big meeting. I also keep one of my Grandmother's handkerchiefs in my desk drawer in case I need to smell or touch something comforting. If you don't have a particularly calming scent, you can always burn a vanilla candle or dab lavender essential oil on your wrists and behind your ears. 

Breath work/Meditation

You knew I was going to suggest it....don't wait - meditate! Meditation has been proven to reduce stress levels and you can do it anywhere (channel your inner "Green eggs and ham" here). If you’re new to meditation - check out my post on learning how to meditate.

There are awesome apps for meditating that allow you to select the length of time you want, whether you want to be guided or just listen to white noise. By taking the uncertainty out of the equation - you can jump right OM in! 

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Meghan Ann Martin