5 Stress Relieving Activities to do at Work
Everyone gets stressed at work. No matter how much you may love (or hate) your job, stress is bound to happen. Unfortunately, once stress settles in it can negatively affect your mood, productivity, home life, and many other aspects that involve you and those around you.
Since there is no way to avoid stress for the rest of your life, it helps to have some tricks up your sleeve when you feel the pressure coming on. These 5 stress-relieving activities will help minimize the pressure you face daily and provide a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of the workweek.
1. Snack Break
The human body thrives on the fuel of food, which makes snack time vital. When you’re at work and feel overwhelmed with a project or the hustle and bustle of the day, designate a time to step away and have a snack.
Personally, I have an entire drawer in my desk dedicated to snacks (obviously the healthier the snack the better). I especially enjoy snacks that provide energy so that I can make it through the remainder of my workday.
Another easy option for a snack break is tea. Tea is amazing for stress relief and health. For more on how tea can help with your wellness, check out: Tea’s Amino Acid for Overall Wellness
2. Get Moving
I know, I know, this one is obvious. But, how many times a day do you actually get up from your desk to move around on purpose? No, walking to the copier doesn’t count. Since we are talking about this as a stress relieving activity, it’s important to step away from the desk and take a few minutes to stretch or walk around.
During my mini breaks where I walk away from my desk, I like to think of all the things I’m thankful for. This also helps reduce stress because it provides positive energy in the midst of an overwhelming situation.
3. Adult Coloring Book
Yes, I have an adult coloring book at my desk. Yes, I color in it. Adult coloring books have the reputation of being a new fad that popped up a few years ago, however, they are amazing stress relievers.
I actually got my coloring book as a gift and never used it when it was in my room at home. Then, I had the idea to take it to work and use it during my mini breaks. I found that not only was it relaxing, but it also took my mind off of work for a few minutes.
Along with my adult coloring book, I also have erasable colored pencils (because it’s not always easy to stay in the lines) and a pencil sharpener. All of that costs under $15.00 and it lasts months. This is a great activity even if you aren’t an artsy person. Many people who don’t consider themselves creative have found success with the adult coloring books and have enjoyed the process.
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4. Desk Distractions
What do you have sitting on your desk? A stapler, tape, papers, keyboard and a mouse? What about a tiny box full of kinetic sand or a mini chess set? If all you have are office supplies it’s time to invest in a small desk distraction to act as a stress reliever.
On my desk, I have kinetic sand and a small desk globe. The sand is comforting, addicting, and great at calming me down while the globe, is entertaining and helps me completely get my mind off of work for a few minutes.
Other desk distractions I’ve seen in the workplace include mini checkers, finger football, regular sandbox, hourglass, and a Newton’s Cradle Pendulum.
5. Learn a New Language
This is my favorite on the list because it’s something I look forward to every day. I’ve always wanted to learn a new language so I downloaded the app Duolingo and started taking a 5-minute daily lesson during a quick work break.
This is another activity that gets the mind off of work entirely and it gives you something to look forward to. Since I do this every day it also became a positive habit in my life. The biggest benefit of this stress reliever is that you use your break time to learn a language, which is something that is on everyone’s bucket list.
Listening to music is an activity anyone can do while working. I personally choose to listen to instrumental music when I’m focused on writing or working on crucial information. I listen to all my music through my Spotify subscription because I can create my own playlists or listen to playlists that have been customized to my music preferences. Music acts as a great stress reliever and also boosts energy.
Work on Your Feet
Simply put, stand up. If you work an 8-hour desk job, that’s a lot of sitting. Switch things up by working while standing. There are various podiums and stands that can go on your workstation to instantly create a standing desk. And while you’re up, do a few squats and jumping jacks to get the blood pumping!
In my opinion, podcasts are underrated. There is literally a podcast on every topic so why not find one you like and listen to it. If you have a hobby on the side or are interested in movies, news, or murder (yes, there is a podcast on famous murders and it’s kind of awesome), it can be fun to put a headphone in a listen in on various topics. If you discover a podcast you like listening to, it can be like hanging out with friends. This makes the time go by faster and keeps your mood stress free.
So there you have it, five stress-relieving activities to do during work. Best of luck to you!