5 Ways to De-Stress @ Your Desk


Focusing is a challenge in our digital world. With multiple requests constantly coming from multiple devices, it’s hard to know where to start working. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, and when we feel overwhelmed, our productivity, creativity + communication are affected.

Here are 5 steps to keep de-stressed @ your desk so you can do what you do, at your highest potential:

1. SET UP YOUR SPACE :

Create an environment that’s conducive to feeling good. For most of us, the workspace is an afterthought. If your desk space is cluttered or too vacant, it affects your output. Keep your space clean + filled with items that inspire you – essentially, create a workspace you want to spend time in. We love a plant on the desk because it brings life into your work. (Check out The Sill for office solutions.)

2. TRAIN YOUR BRAIN TO “MONOTASK” :

Studies show that multi-tasking leads to errors + more time spent on projects. Anxiety also increases when we constantly switch channels in our brain. When you’re working on something, try to avoid getting distracted by other requests. It’s going to require discipline after a decade of diverting our attention all over the place, but the result is worth it. To minimize temptation, close out your inbox or temporarily turn off notifications (i.e. you can’t see when new mails come in) for bigger tasks. You can set up a temporary “away message” to manage communication expectations.

3. GET THE BLOOD, OXYGEN + ENERGY FLOWING IN YOUR BODY AGAIN :

After you’ve been sedentary for a while, productivity starts to dwindle — decreased circulation leads to brain fog. Get up for a “constructive break” (physical + mental refresh) vs. a “destructive break” (3rd coffee??). Stand up tall near your desk. Rise up onto the balls of your feet, then release the heels down + bend the knees. Do this 5 times. This increases blood flow to your legs + increases energy. Then, stay standing tall + reach your arms overhead as high as possible with fingers reaching toward the ceiling. Stay for 5 breaths to lengthen the torso, improve posture + increase confidence.

4. SMELL THE ROSES :

Scent is one of the quickest + easiest ways to calm an overwhelmed mind. At the office, we suggest keeping a few aromatherapy oils handy that contain energizing, uplifting or grounding notes like lime, bergamot, copaiba, cedarwood, pine or vetiver. Put a few drops on the insides of the wrists, temples and at the back of the neck for an instant refresh.

5. KEEP PERSPECTIVE :

There’s a lot going on, but remember you will always get through it. We feel stress when we allow ourselves to get entangled in a particular project + lose sight our larger goal. Constantly keep in mind the true objective as a way to make sure you prioritize tasks in the right order to get you where you want to go.

This Mindfresh content originally appeared in THE NEWSETTE on May 4, 2016.