Here are some easy ways to relax at work. It takes just a few minutes to complete them, so you should definitely try it!
1- Ear massage
Referred by the Chinese medicine, the Shen Men point is an anti-stress point that decreases stress, boosts energy flow and strengthens the entire health of the body.
This acupressure point can also reduce inflammation and relieve pain. The Shen Men point is located in the upper mid center of the ear (this area is called the triangular fossa).
Just press this point with your thumbs and support the back of your ear with your index fingers.
2- Workplace reset
Clean your workplace affects your productivity. Your mindset’s reflected in your space and vice versa. So don’t forget to tidy up your workspace, and clean out your digital desktop!
3- Hand massages
Hands carry a lot of tension but you can relax them easily with simple massages.
“Begin at the base of the large muscle below your thumb. Use the fingers of your opposite hand to rub gently in a circular motion,” says Stephanie Hunt, a massage therapist at the Red Mountain Spa, in St. George, Utah. “As you work your way up your thumb to the tip, you will release tightness in your shoulders, neck, and scalp.”
4- Breathing technique
When you breathe in, imagine the air inflating your stomach instead of your chest. Push your stomach outwards to draw the air down, then pull it back in to really empty your lungs of air. Put some muscle into it for three breaths, then fall back into your normal rhythm newly relaxed, and ready to take on your tasks.
5- Progressive muscle relaxation
This meditation technique’s used to combat anxiety, stress and is a fast way to reconnect with your body without going anywhere.
Start at your toes, tensing and slowly releasing the muscles. Work your way up your body, tensing and releasing the muscles in your feet, your legs, torso, arms, neck, and even into your face.
It doesn’t take long to work all the way up your body and you’ll finish feeling energized!
When the relaxation response is activated, your: heart rate slows down, breathing becomes slower and deeper, blood pressure drops or stabilizes, muscles relax and your blood flow to the brain increases.