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5 quick ways to de-stress

Trying to find ways to steal a moment or two of peace in an endlessly fast-paced day?

Feel like it’s impossible to catch your breath? Rather than taking a long nap (which probably won’t earn you any brownie points with your boss), chances are that all you need is to find small pockets during your workday where you’re able to slow down and de-stress along the way.

Here are 5 quick ways to do just that, even on your busiest of days.

Drink a warm mug of tea

If you can get your hands on some chamomile or other calming, caffeine-free tea, it’ll be worth it. Sipping something warm—and herbally soothing—will allow your body to relax, even if you’re not ready to. It’s especially worth the effort to find hot water, especially on cold, cloudy days.

Breathe aromatic essential oils

Essential oils such as eucalyptus and lavender are great for relaxing nerves or bringing temporary inner peace. When you feel frazzled, or like you need to get grounded fast, pick up an essential oil. Press it against your temples, or simply hold it up right under your nose. The immediate calming effect will surprise you.

Find time to do nothing

When we’re stuck staring at computer screens all day, or running around the office from task to task, it can sometimes be difficult to find the energy or inspiration to keep going. Take a few minutes to simply sit, close your eyes, and do absolutely nothing. In those few minutes, the action of consciously avoiding activity allows you to relax and recharge.

Speak to someone on the phone

A great way to de-stress at work is to make a quick phone call during your break with someone you enjoy talking with. Whether this person is your mother, your best friend, or a significant other, sometimes just being able to talk with someone you really care about is enough to neutralize whatever stress you may be feeling.

Go for a walk

Although some of us are lucky enough to have professions that get us out of the office, most of us spend the majority of our work hours at our desks. Exercise is a very effective way to burn off the stress you’re feeling and to help you plant your feet back firmly on the ground. Find time—even if it’s just five or ten minutes—to get outside the office and go for a walk. Extra points if you take along a work colleague or your boss.

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