Winter Storm Jonas may not be hitting Boston as hard as NYC and DC, but we Bostonians know what’s to come in the next few months: Shoveling out our cars, attempting to meet clients amidst all the snow, delayed T rides, and so much more.
None of these scenarios are ideal, especially when they happen at the start of your morning. We already have more than enough conference calls, meetings, and work – we don’t need to be buried in snow too!
For all the stressful days that lie ahead of us, the Corinthian Events team has decided to share some of our favorite de-stressing techniques to help get you through even the most stressful of days!
Whether you have five minutes to spare or a full hour, here are some great tips to help you destress and relax your mind at work, even when you think it’s impossible:
1) Yoga at the desk (or stretching in general) – When you’re stressed, your muscles tighten and when your muscles tighten, you feel uncomfortable. By giving yourself a minute or two to stretch out, your muscles and mind will relax and you’ll feel a bit more refreshed to continue the task at hand. Whether the stretch is as simple as standing up and reaching your hands to your toes or as complex as the Yoganidrasana pose (what even is that?) it’s a great way to destress throughout the work day.
2) Go for a walk – Walking allows you to take your mind off things and to get some fresh air. It also gives your eyes a break from the computer screen and you can even do it while going to get lunch!
3) And if it’s too cold to go outside…walk to the kitchen for a snack – Even just a quick trip to the kitchen can reduce your stress levels, especially when it’s for a snack. Eating snacks like trail mix, peanut butter and apples/bananas, yogurt, or veggies and hummus will all give you the energy to keep up with your work.
4) Play your favorite song – Music is played throughout the entire office with most companies now, but it may not always be the type of music that relaxes you most. Take five minutes to listen to your favorite song to put you at ease before diving back into your work.
5) Look at your favorite picture – It can be on your desk or in an album on your phone, but if you take a quick look at your favorite picture, or a picture that reminds you of a happy time, your mind and body will begin to relax. It can even be a picture of your favorite beach that you find on Google. Regardless of the source, looking at a picture that emulates what you believe to be happy and relaxing will make you happy and relaxed.
6) Visit one of these relaxing websites – If you don’t want to leave your desk, Do Nothing for 2 Minutes is always a great website to go to. Once on the home page, you’re not allowed to touch your mouse or keyboard for two whole minutes (I know, impossible right?), otherwise the timer restarts and says “try again.” Soothing sounds of waves play, but even if you don’t want to listen to the ocean, you can take the two minutes to close your eyes or just breathe.
Calm is another great website to visit when you’re stressed. You can choose how long you want your meditation break to be for and if you want it guided or not. You also get to choose the nature scene that most relaxes you. If you’d rather do this during your commute to and from work, or at home, there’s even an app!
We hope these tips help relax you next time you feel like your drowning in work (or snow)!