We’ve all been there: an overflowing inbox, a major presentation looming, an unfortunate flub in need of rectifying, or a co-worker’s vacation somehow landing you in the role of juggling their work on top of your own. Workplaces are battle grounds for stress and, as science will tell you, it’s crucial for your health that you are armed and ready. Here are the latest trends to help you combat stress during your workday:
De-stress Your Desk
Setting up an environment that brings you peace is a no-brainer. While clearing clutter may be an obvious way to set yourself up for success, there are a few additions to your space that can help with day-to-day stress.
Flowers A recent study from the University of North Florida investigated the benefits of flowers and found: “People who lived with flowers in their homes for just a few days reported a significant decrease in their levels of stress and improvements in their moods.”
Buddha Board Trade your old stress ball for this peaceful desk décor: “The Buddha Board is equipped with a bamboo brush and Japanese-style water tray/stand, to help users be able to create their artistic expression with a single brush stroke by ‘painting’ on the board with water and watching their creation come to life. The art will slowly disappear as the water evaporates, leaving the user with a clean slate and clear mind.”
Essential Oils The benefits of aromatherapy are plenty and widespread, as our sense of smell has been proven to affect everything from our productivity to our sleep patterns. Consider storing a small tincture of the following stress-relieving oils: lavender, bergamot, jasmine, ylang ylang, and orange. A slight dab or inhale can instantly bring you a sense of calm.
Create an Emergency Procedure
Causes of stress are sometimes unexpected or sudden. Crafting a step-by-step tactic for how to deal in those moments is like having a well-planned fire escape route. These experts offer their top stress-busting techniques:
CEO of Peerfit Ed Buckley recommends, “Get up, grab a cold glass of water and go on a 5-minute walk. Taking these actions will change your disposition and stress more than almost anything you can do when dealing with midday stress.”
Similarly, Todd Whitthorne, Dallas-based health and wellness speaker and author notes, “The quickest and easiest solution is to step away. Change your immediate environment by going for a walk (inside or outside), connecting with a trusted colleague, listening to music, or grabbing a coffee or lunch. Simply heading to a breakroom and doing some deep breathing and simple stretching will also help instantly change your physiology. Intentionally focusing on what brings you the most joy will also lessen the stress and help prioritize what’s important.