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6 Ways to De-Stress at a Desk

Work and stress often go hand-in-hand. Between the time pressure of deadlines, multi-tasking, and the challenges of managing relationships with co-workers and bosses, both the body and the mind can become quite bogged down.

Since we spend a considerable amount of our lives in the workplace, it’s important to learn self-care tips for de-stressing while you’re there. Not only will this benefit your productivity in the office, but it may also help you clock out feeling relaxed enough to enjoy your evening. The good news is that many of these things can be done from the comfort of your desk! Here are six you should try today.

1. Peel an Orange

Due to the citrus aromas they emit, peeling an orange can be very beneficial for de-stressing. In a study conducted by Brazilian scientists, participants who sniffed orange oil were less anxious throughout stress tests than those who were given tea tree oil or water. Entrepreneur magazine recommends trying to remove the peel in one piece, focusing the mind on the task as you’re doing it.

Additionally, the vitamin C in oranges—as well as other citrus fruits such as grapefruit and lemons—is known to reduce stress levels, making them a great food to have nearby throughout the work day.

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