Work can be very stressful. There are days when you feel there is always new projects adding up and you are not able to finish any of them. There are days when your clients or colleagues are in a bad mood and work just is no fun. We all have already experienced one of these and, stressful days. But there are some tips to make such a day a little better. You can try these relaxing activities when you are stressed at work
Relaxing activities when you are stressed at work
Drink a cup of herbal tea.
In the company I am working for, we can have free coffee or tea. There are several herbal teas available such as lemon tea, peppermint tea or chamomile tea. Chamomile tea is great if you want to calm down. I drink every morning a cup of peppermint tea. It helps against both anxiety and bad breath. If you have access to hot water at work, you can bring your favorite tea and drink it whenever you need it.
Count your blessings
On days when I feel down, I find it useful to remember all the nice things in my life. If you think about it, you can find many aspects of your life that can make you happy: your family, your home, your friends but also small things such as the flower you saw on your way to work, the good weather or the time you spent reading during your commute.
Stand up and have a short walk
When you remain at your desk, it is easy to be overwhelmed with your daily workload. Walking to the restroom, to the cafeteria or just going to speak to a colleague instead of writing an email can help you to feel less stressed. This is also good for your health. Sitting the all day at your desk can bring health issues such as obesity or cardio-vascular problems. You can also choose to have a somewhat longer walk during your lunch break.
Have a healthy snack
This can be a piece of fruit, or some nuts for instance. Eat slowly in order to really enjoy your food. The snack will give you new energy to keep working through the day.
You do not have to meditate half an hour. You can just take a few minutes for your meditation and mindfulness practice. Research has shown that meditation reduces stress and that even 10 minutes a day can have a positive impact on your mental health over time.
Use essential oils
Aromatherapy uses plant material, including essential oils, to improve psychological or physical well-being. Some essential oils such as lavender, orange, rose, lemon, or bergamot can help relieve stress and anxiety.
Acupressure is an alternative medicine practice similar to acupuncture. Physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. When I delivered my third baby, the midwife used acupressure and it definitely helped. In Germany, where my three children were born, peridural anesthesia is indeed not popular amongst midwives. If acupressure can help by childbirth, it can definitely help you to lower stress at work. A good tip to begin with is a ear massage. Start by massaging your earlobe and then keep massaging the outer shell of your ear.