As much as you probably love your job, you can probably admit there are times where you’ve almost walked out. Every job has their stressors from coworkers who don’t pull their weight to the copy machine being on the fritz.
It doesn’t help that while you’re at work, your mind is probably also veering off to everything you need to do when you clock out like pick up the kids from daycare, feed your family, do the laundry, the list goes on. With a busy schedule like this, it’s hard to pencil in a few moments for you to breathe.
We’re here to tell you that it’s better for your health that you squeeze in the time. Here are seven interesting ways for you to de-stress.
1. Get Your Blood Pumping
We know, the point to this is that your blood doesn’t pump erratically, but if the source is exercise, it’s much more acceptable. When you engage in heavy exercise, your brain releases endorphins that make you feel happy and relaxed.
This doesn’t even have to be heavy exercise, you can do something as simple as lightly jog to a place nearby to get something on your lunch break rather than drive your car. As long as you get yourself moving, just about anything goes.
If you want to make this a habit, app developers have actually made it easy for you. There are several apps that track your heart rate and your other progress while you exercise.
2. Go Wild with Paints
You don’t have to be an artist to have fun with this idea, just a creative soul deep down. See, most jobs don’t allow you to explore your creativity. You’re stuck behind a desk which can be really emotionally draining.
Painting can help you see the creativity that you never knew you had and it’s actually fairly inexpensive to do. You can pick up watercolors from your local dollar store for a buck. Grab these and a stack of paper and go to town with abstract art.
What you paint doesn’t have to be pretty or make sense, it just needs to reflect the you that work has caused you to burry and release your stress.
3. Eat Your Lunch Outside
Being close to nature can actually do more good for you than you probably think. This is why you should find a nice patch of grass outside and sit and eat your lunch every day rather than eating at your desk or going to sit at a restaurant.
Not only is it a change of scenery, but it’s relaxing and it will actually feel like a getaway because it prevents you from being cooped up all day. Also, when you eat in the office it’s too tempting for you to shove your entire lunch down your throat and get back to work.
Going outside and getting away from your computer stops you from thinking about work while you’re trying to take a break.
4. Power Nap
You don’t always have time for an extended hour and a half nap during your breaks but a twenty-minute one? A twenty-minute one you might be able to swing. Taking a small power nap during your breaks from work won’t only help relax you, but it can also help you reset yourself.
Typically, a lunch takes place when you’re about halfway through your workday. If you take a twenty-minute nap during it and then eat for the rest of it or vice versa, this can give you the energy that you need to take on the rest of your day.
5. Talk to Yourself
It’s not insanity if you talk to yourself, only if you answer yourself. In all seriousness, talking to yourself is a great stress reliever. It allows you to sort out any negativity you’re feeling or just give yourself a pep talk when things seem like they’re getting a little sticky.
Your coworkers may question your sanity but sometimes the only one who can really give you expert advice is you.
6. Have a Stress Ball at Your Desk
Sometimes you can’t always get away from your desk but there is something you can do that can de-stress you while you’re sitting. You can squeeze a stress ball. It’s lowkey enough to not draw attention to you and easy to do absentmindedly while you struggle through your mountains of paperwork.
This is a basic thing that a lot of people do to calm down at work and it really does wonders hence the name.
7. Volunteer to Hold Babies
This is probably the most outrageous thing that’s on our list but holding a baby is actually one of the most relaxing things that you can do. We know, you probably don’t have babies on hand at your office or in your home but you can actually volunteer to do it at local hospitals.
Much like exercising holding a baby causes your brain to release happy endorphins. It’s really hard to be stressed when you have a cute and tiny face looking up at you. If you can’t find the time to volunteer, ask a family member or friend if you can snuggle their little one.
Ways to Beat the Grey Hairs and De-Stress From Daily Struggles
As much as you enjoy what you do, work can be more than a little stressful. No workplace is without it’s hectic days that have you ripping your hair out. For times like that, you need to find a way to de-stress either after or during work. Use these tips for relaxation to keep you sane.
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