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5 Amazing Stress Relievers You Can do at Your Desk

Let’s face it we all deal with stress, being in a busy office and dealing with the daily grid can be challenging. Stress can be very overwhelming and all-consuming and really take a toll on your mental and physical health. While working a desk job can be great we don’t always have the opportunity to step away from a stressful situation. Here are five quick and easy ways to relive stress right from the comfort of your desk.

Stretch

Stress can cause us to tense up, leaving us with sore and irritated muscles. Give yourself a few minutes to move your muscles.

Start with your toes and work your way up to your neck.

Wiggle your toes, tense and release the muscles in your legs, do a few waist twists. Wrist and forearm stretches are great too. Just get your body moving. The more you stretch the more in tune with your body you will be, you will become more aware of when your body is feeling tense and stressed.

Laugh

A good laugh can do amazing things to our mind and body. It lowers your heart rate, regulates breathing and relaxes sore muscles. It also sends a rush of endorphins to the brain giving us a boost of energy. Find a funny video to watch or read some funny jokes. They do say laughter is the best medicine.

Eat an Orange

This may seem like a weird suggestion. However consuming foods with Vitamin C can reduce stress and boost the immune system, Vitamin C lowers the level of cortisol, a stress hormone. It also provides great aroma therapy.

Citric aroma therapy can reduce depression, anxiety, and stress.

Draw

Pick up a pen and start to doodle. Drawing can be a very effective way to release stress. Being creative allows you to refocus and clear you mind of unwanted stress. Believe it or not drawing can help lower blood pressure, increase circulation and boost memory.

Listen to music

Grab your headphone and turn on your favorite upbeat song. A good song can do wonders for your mood.

Listening to music increases the amount of Oxytocin, Serotonin and Dopamine; these hormones increase the feeling of love and happiness.

Being in a happy state of mind can increase your motivation, productivity and well-being.  Music can be a very quick and effective way to wash away stress.

There are many different ways to de-stress. It can take lots of patience and practice so don’t get discouraged if you don’t find immediate results. Keep trying until you find something that works for you. Practicing relaxation techniques can train your body to identify and react to stress more effectively.

Rachelle is on the First Level Support team at Gemstone. She has a bubbly and creative personality, which is great for thinking outside the box when it comes to problem solving.