- Stretch. This stretch is an easy stress-buster you can do at your desk: Sit in a chair and slowly hang forward, letting your arms dangle loose. Hold the position for five full, deep breaths. This “rag doll” stretch helps release tension from the spine, shoulders, and neck and increases blood flow to the brain.
- Breathe. Regaining control of your breathing can also do wonders for alleviating stress. If you are feeling stressed out, try this simple exercise, which takes only five minutes. Sit comfortably, with your back straight and your eyes closed. Focus your attention on your breathing. Just pay attention as your breath goes in and out, and note its qualities. Is your breathing fast or slow, deep or shallow? If other thoughts come into your head, gently brush them aside. Continue this focus for five minutes. Practice this exercise daily at your desk to regain and maintain a sense of calm and focus.
- Sip. Brewing a cup of herbal tea may help calm you down — varieties like chamomile and mint can be very soothing. One study showed that chamomile tea may help relax the muscles and boost the immune system.
Today, try one or more of these techniques if stress at the office seems to be getting out of control.
Adrien Paczosa, RD, LD
Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties.
She is the owner and founder of I Live Well Nutrition her Dietitian practice which started in 2007 and serves clients in the Austin, Texas area in two locations. Fearless Practitioners, the division of her business that offers training to dietitians and wellness professionals.