STRESS RELIEVERS

Short Breaks: Step outdoors and take a short walk. You may even take a walk around the office which will give you a chance to chat with others. Just taking short breaks will help you relax and recharge so you are more productive.

Muscle Relaxation: This is a simple technique. There are many muscle relaxation exercises that you can do in a few minutes with great results.

Begin by tensing and relaxing your muscles in your toes and slowly progress your way upwards to your neck and head, wriggling your body.

Put your head in a downward position and slowly rotate your head to the right then back to center. Repeat by rotating your head to the left and back to center.

Be sure to consult a physician before attempting to relieve stress with this exercise especially if you have a known neck problem.

Breathing: Get in a comfortable sitting position. It is best to step away from your desk. Place your feet flat and your back straight, now take a deep breath and exhale slowly. Let your breath find its natural rhythm. Take a breath in as you count to five; hold your breath for five seconds and then slowly release your breath to the count of seven. Repeat at least seven times.

Visualization: Pictures in your office can create a calming effect. Pictures of scenery are a benefit to relaxation because it is like taking a visual journey.

Music: With all the music apps and playlists, you have access to listen to relaxing music or tunes that keep you uplifted.