Much of adult stress tends to stem from the place we spend the most time at: work. No matter what field you’re in or where you’re employed, stress on the job is pretty much inevitable. Whether you’ve got a big report to finish for a deadline or a major pitch to present in front of many people, there are ways to ease your anxiety in the meantime. Ahead are nine tips for centering yourself when you’re at the office.
1. Listen to calming music.
Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, I put on my headphones and turn on meditation music. It may sound silly, but the breathy notes of a pan flute or the soft taps of a piano chord instantly slow my heart rate. A relaxing playlist can also do the trick.
2. Snack on stress-reducing foods.
Certain foods are great for de-stressing, including avocado, oatmeal, almonds, blueberries, and oranges. Snack on a few throughout the day, particularly when you need a break.
3. Go for a walk.
If you feel like you’re on the verge of screaming (it happens!), let your boss know you need to go on a 10-minute walk to clear your head. Even if you can’t leave the building, just getting away from your desk is beneficial. And make a conscious effort not to think about your impending tasks during your walk.
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