Want to Relieve Stress at Work to Feel Better All Day?

Want to Relieve Stress at Work to Feel Better All Day?

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Raise your hand if you want to relieve stress at work?

The ringing phones, constant emails, and important meetings can easily create stress at work.

However, you can relieve stress at work with natural remedies you bring with you and keep in your desk.

It’s easy to control the stress in your life by making simple changes at work.

If you start feeling stressed on the job, try these solutions to relieve stress at work. 

  1. Replace your soda or coffee with a water bottle.relieve stress at work

    A study published in Psychosomatic Medicine from Duke University Medical Center found that caffeine compounds stress. Caffeine causes the body to release more stress hormones while changing how the mind perceives issues.You can enhance the flavor of your water with pieces of fruit like blueberries or lemon. Powdered water enhancers in a variety of flavors from grocery stores offer another way to change the taste, so the sodas won’t be as tempting. 

  1. Use essential oils to improve your mood and decrease stress.

    Inhaling essential oils is a powerful way to enhance your well-being and relieve stress at work. They are easy to store in an office desk and can be used throughout the day.  Lavender, chamomile, and lemon essential oils are commonly used to improve the mood. 

  1. Sprinkle herbs on your lunch at work.

    Herbs can affect emotions, so adding the right ingredients to your food can help relieve stress. A couple of small bottles of herbs can be stored in your desk. Then you can use them during lunchtime every day to relieve stress at work.

  • Cardamom is a popular spice that can relieve stress by increasing the antioxidants in the body. It’s frequently used in Indian dishes, and it can be added to many meals.
  • Lemon balm increases calmness and alertness. According to the study, “Attenuation of laboratory-induced stress in humans after acute administration of Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm),” this powerful herb decreases stress by reducing anxiety.
  • Holy basil is part of the mint family, and it’s another herb capable of reducing stress. It’s not the same as the common basil added to pasta dishes or tomato sauces. Holy basil has antioxidant qualities which improve the mood.
  1. Use herbal teas to soothe your mind.

    Avoid the caffeine and stress that comes with coffee by choosing herbal teas. There are decaffeinated versions available in a variety of flavors.

  • Native Americans used Passionflower for its medicinal properties, and it’s a strong stress reducer. Passionflower tea tastes mild and pleasant.
  • Chamomile tea is a popular choice because it increases relaxation and is able to decrease anxiety. This is my herbal tea of choice.  It works wonders to help me relieve stress at work and feel better all day.
  • Green tea soothes the nerves with its antioxidant and L-theanine content. L-theanine is an amino acid linked to stress relief. Studies show it can change brain waves in a positive way.
  1. Add stress relieving objects to your desk.

    Offices are bland and boring, but desk decorations can add a touch of home and quick mental escape. They’re a fun distraction which is capable of cutting down the stress at work.

  • Zen gardens are often compared to toys, but they’re actually an ancient technique for relieving stress. Raking sand, organizing stones, and shaping the gardens clears the mind.
  • Newton’s cradles are popular desk objects. However, the cradles offer more than a study of the law of conservation of momentum. They help relax the mind and improve focus.

Try these natural remedies to relieve stress at work.

You’ll calm your nerves and lighten your mood.

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Darlene Berkel

Stress Resilience & Life Transitions Coach Darlene is passionate about helping ambitious women 40+ conquer chronic stress and overcome whatever life throws at them. Combining personal experience, proven stress management activities and divine guidance, Darlene delivers top-tier products and services that have allowed committed women to face their challenges without losing steam.

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. These are great pieces of advice. I think soda is so bad for you, and coffee just gives me the jitters. I also enjoy drinking herbal tea.

    1. Estelle, you are so right. Soda is not the best choice for drink, and I am 100% a herbal tea girl. It’s just empowering to realize that there are small simple things we can do to control our stress levels at work. The key is to find what works for you and stick with it.

  2. Great tips and ones I was totally clueless about,the herbs, thanks.

  3. I will be starting these today! They all sound like they will help me a lot!

  4. I love these tips! I want a desktop water fountain, but the herbs! I had no idea. Thank you Darlene for all of your hard work keeping the rest of us sane!

    1. Rena, you will be amazed how soothing a desk water fountain really is. The sounds of water falling is incredibly calming. And don’t underestimate the power of scents with essential oils either. Try that too. There are great aromatherapy necklaces that are awesome for keeping stress at bay while at work.

  5. These are great points Darlene – I just wish I drank tea because I think that would be a great help. I actually have a reflection bottle full of glitter that I shake up and admire when I need to stop and breathe for a moment.

    1. Leanne, drinking tea is a great stress reliever for me. And there is a huge variety of herbal teas you can choose from. You can even treat yourself to a herbal tea gift set and make “tea time” one of the most relaxing times of the day, whether at work or at home. Hey…why not treat yourself to a special hot tea mug too. That will remind you to take 30 minutes to sip some tea and de-stress. Now you are ready for total de-stressing at work!:-)

  6. @Haralee, glad you were able to learn some new stress management tips. Put them to use and let me know how they work for you.

    @Dana, everyone is different, so it’s important to find out which one(s) work for you and then make them a part of your daily work routine.

  7. These are great tips! I drink green tea at least a few times a week, but definitely need to increase my intake of water! I love water fountains. They are so peaceful sounding! But, working in a call center type of environment, they don’t allow that. Hoping my next job does!

    1. When it comes to drinking water, I am focusing on that too Jacqui. I try to get a jump start by drinking a cup of water as soon as I wake up in the morning. When it comes to drinking teas, I try to drink as wide a variety as possible. Dandelion, Rooiboos, Chamomile, Ginger, Sage. I have two moringa trees in my yard, so I get organic moringa tea from the leaves too. Too bad you can’t have a desk water fountain at your current job, maybe an ipod with the sounds of falling water would work? Just a thought. 🙂

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