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Zap Stress With These Simple Relaxation Tips

After a long day of work, stress can really set in. Thankfully, you have evenings to rest and weekends to bring an end to a taxing workweek. But what if the demands of work continually stretch for weeks, eating up what little free time you may have in your daily and weekly schedule?

To be productive at work, you need to be stress-free. Relax. Your body needs it. It is good for you, and you deserve it.

For people who have hectic schedules, relaxation may seem like a foreign concept. But did you know relaxation takes less time than you may think? You don’t have to go on a trip, unwind on the beach or get a massage in order to relax.

Many people do not have the luxury of leaving the office on a whim. Most of us are stuck behind our desk all day. Here are simple relaxation techniques you can do to ease the stress levels. You can do these techniques while behind your desk, in the break room or at the water cooler.


Get your vitamin “om” in as little as 15 minutes a day to lower anxiety. According to psychologist Robbie Maller Hartman, daily meditation can rework your brain and make you resilient to stress.

Close your eyes, sit straight with your feet flat on the floor and focus on your breathing. Feel the peace wrap around you as you clear your mind of distracting thoughts. Deep, relaxed breathing can counter the effects of stress by lowering blood pressure and heart rate.


A warm wrap placed around your neck and shoulders for 10 minutes can ease away tension. It works great, too, when you place it on your forehead while closing your eyes. If a warm wrap is not available, you can use a foam roller or a tension ball. Place it between your back and the wall as you gently lean on it, creating a massaging effect.

Laugh Your Heart Out

As the old adage says, “Laughter is the best medicine.” A good belly laugh can lower cortisol, the stress hormone, and boost endorphins, the happy hormones. Chat with an officemate, read a comic strip or tune in to some funny videos.


Get up and go for a quick walk. Go to the bathroom, grab a drink at the water cooler, look out the window, take the stairs or stretch. Physical activity can ease anxiety and promote the release of feel-good endorphins.




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