1. Go green. http://goo.gl/WyTIxk
Being stuck in a cubicle or office with fluorescent lighting all day isn’t the most relaxing or inspiring environment. When you’re stuck in a small workspace and the work keeps piling on, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and feel stressed. But studies show that adding plants to your workspace can do more than just liven up your desk — it can help you stay calm and collected, too.
2. Try aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy technique that uses natural essential oils to improve physical and mental health. Essential oils can be used for many different reasons and in many ways (massage, topical application for healing, inhaling, etc.) but lavender and rosemary oils in particular have both been shown to have a positive effect on stress.
3. Chew gum.
Chewing gum isn’t just a great trick for avoiding that ear-popping sensation you experience on a flight — it’s actually an effective way to relieve stress, too, according to research from the Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia.
4. Take a walk.
So, maybe you can’t hit the gym for a vigorous workout when your midday workload has you feeling extra stressed, but you can take a break to go for a quick walk. Not only is being sedentary all day bad for your physical health, it’s not good for your mental health, either. Taking a midday stroll could is a great way to stay more active and reduce stress, too.
5. Schedule time for emails.
With dozens (maybe even hundreds) of emails popping up in your inbox all day long, stress is practically inevitable. But research shows that setting aside specific times for checking your email — as opposed to checking them as they come in — can lead to lower stress