Do you work in a high-stress office? Do you find it difficult to concentrate and get your work done? In a fast-paced environment, it can be hard to find a balance between getting your work done in a prompt manner and taking a step back to get some time for yourself. If your job makes you want to pull your hair out or prevents you from getting a good night's sleep, here are some tips to help you relax and de-stress:
Take a stretch break: If you sit in one position for too long, you've probably noticed your muscles starting to tense up. You may have tried to ignore it, figuring that taking a break wasn't worth losing the time that you could be working. But if you're trying to ignore an ache or pain, you're going to have a drop in productivity. If you feel your muscles starting to stiffen, take even just a 5 minute break. Ideally, you should spend these 5 minutes stretching or doing some office yoga. But even if all you can do is go to the break room to refill your coffee, the change in positions will help keep a minor neck ache from becoming a serious pain.
Create a calming desk environment: Although many people keep their desks bare by choice, doing so is not likely to help with your stress levels. Consider getting some plants to decorate your desk, even if they aren't real. Surrounding yourself with natural-looking items will help break the feeling of being trapped in an office all day. Also check out tabletop water fountains for sale. Some tabletop fountains are quite big, while others will use less than a cup of water to function. Many people find the sound of running water to be soothing, so look for one that makes a faint but realistic sound of a running stream.
Listen to nature sounds: If looking for tabletop water fountains for sale comes to naught because company policy is that you're not allowed to decorate your desk in that way, consider listening to nature sounds instead. If you have a private office or are able to listen to music on headphones while you work, this can be a suitable alternative or even addition to natural-looking decorations. Chirping birds, babbling brooks, wind flowing through trees and other nature sounds should be relaxing, rather than distracting, when played at low volume.