Tote a Tranquil Tool-kit
Sometimes stress hits while stuck in rush hour traffic or at a far-off conference. For on-the-go relaxation, download the following to your device:
A meditation app Learn how to meditate in the palm of your hand, the award-winning app Headspace “is backed by science and is one of the only meditation apps committed to advancing the field of mindfulness meditation through clinically-validated research on [the] product. In 19 published studies… Headspace has been shown to have favorable outcomes of interventions including reduced stress, improved focus, increased compassion and decreased aggression.”
A peaceful playlist While listening to music you enjoy is a useful stress-relief tactic, consider adding in songs specifically designed for relaxation such as the world’s most relaxing song by British band Marconi Union, “Weightless.” The band actually collaborated with sound therapists to create the song which, according to a study by Mindlab International, led to a 65 percent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.
Add Relaxation to Your Work Routine
Making time for yourself and your mental health at work is critical. That way you associate the office with more than causes of stress, and you reap the long-term effects of these great anxiety-fighters. Seek out these opportunities or establish them at your workplace:
Workout with your co-workers Buckley advises, “I know that being able to go to different fitness experiences with your co-workers is one of the most impactful things you can do for both your physical, mental and emotional health, which ultimately reduces stress along the way.” Office yoga classes or swapping out a long lunch break for a Zumba class with the team can work wonders for decreasing stress.
Midday massages Sometimes the best option is to bring in the professionals. According to Boston Chair Massage, “Massages at work are a win-win for employers and employees, as many companies with massage programs report the following: an increase in employee productivity and accuracy, an increase in employee loyalty, morale and retention, an improvement in overall health and ability to manage stress, and a higher job satisfaction level that has led to higher employee retention.”