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For most workers, the office is a
place for stress, not relaxation, but
there are ways to decompress and chill
out in your cubicle, in an empty con-
ference room---or even in the bath-
Experts weigh in on the best ways to
get away from it all in the middle of a
Go for a walk in the building
Even a quick walk down the hallway
at work can be calming, says Loretta
LaRoche, stress management consultant
and author of Relax---You May Only
Have a Few Minutes Left.
"Just removing yourself from your
desk and strolling up and down the hall-
way for a few minutes helps you decom-
press," LaRoche says. "Some people can t
sit and meditate---they have to walk."
Many workers have the mindset of,
"I m going to sit here at my desk and
not get up until I tackle this problem,"
but that s the worst way to approach
"Don t sit there all day and agonise
over what you re doing," she says.
Walking around your office hallways---
even up and down a stairwell---is a great
way to relax during any season, says
Jordan Friedman, stress management
trainer and founder of The Stress Coach.
"Just a quick stroll will get you more
focused, reenergised," he says.
Get out in the sun
Anytime you can leave the source of
your problem behind for a few minutes,
you re physically putting something
between you and your stress, LaRoche
"Leave the building. You don t have
to go far. Just go outside and take a few
deep breaths and look up at the sky,"
If you re able, a drive around the block
with the windows down can also combat
"Driving can be very meditative. Listen
to your favourite song or just drive and
think in the quiet. The important thing
is that you re out in the world beyond
the confines of your desk."
Retreat to the bathroom
"There s no shame going in the bath-
room and sitting on the toilet if that s
the only place you can go to close your
eyes for a few minutes and breathe,"
LaRoche says. "Flush the toilet two or
three times and imagine some of your
stress being flushed away."
In some offices, the only place workers
have an opportunity to be alone is in a
bathroom stall, Friedman explains.
"Who cares if you re in a bathroom?
If that s the place where you know you
can get some privacy, then go there," he
If you do use the bathroom as your
private retreat, Eli Bay, president of The
Relaxation Response Institute, advises
"I recommend discretion when doing
breathing exercises in the washroom ---
for obvious reasons---but a quiet space
is a quiet space," Bay says.
"I tell people to twirl, to spin around
like a kid," LaRoche says. "It s hard to
be stressed out or aggravated when you
do something fun and frivolous like
In her stress management classes,
LaRoche asks her students to say aloud
what s bothering them while they spin
around. The incongruity of twirling while
saying something negative always light-
ens the moment.
"People just crack up," she says.
As for when and where to do your
twirling at the office, LaRoche says an
empty conference room or break room
"Who cares what people think? Let
them watch. Let them take a video and
put it on Facebook. It s not their life,
it s yours. Tell them you re relaxing so
that you can live longer," she says.
Sit under your desk---or anywhere
you can grab some solitude
"One of my clients reported climbing
under his desk with his legs sticking out
to do some stress control exercises," Bay
says. "He didn t care what others
thought because he became so much
more productive as a result. Most people,
however, have neither the chutzpah nor
the luxury to do that and have to be
Your ability to do this certainly
depends on your organisation and its
culture, Bay cautions.
"Some people go to the washroom,
the stairwell, the company library, their
car in the parking lot, a nearby church,
a park or an unused meeting room," Bay
says. "The where doesn t matter. It s
the results that count."
Do some deep-breathing exercises
Mindful breathing can increase focus
and lower your heart rate, says Rita Schi-
ano, stress management trainer and
founder of Live A Flourishing Life.
"It takes as little as ten conscious
breaths, less than 60 seconds, to ease
oneself out of a stressful state. And
mindful breathing can be done any-
where---even in an elevator," she says.
If you can, close your eyes for ten
slow breaths, says Darrin Zeer, relaxation
expert and founder of OfficeYoga.org.
"Focus on your entire body, relaxing
with each exhale," Zeer says.
Do some subtle yoga moves
You don t have to bring a yoga mat
to work or take an entire hourlong class
to get the benefits from a little light
yoga, Zeer says.
"Carve out moments of zen sitting
at your desk, in a meeting or in the
break room. A simple stretch, a conscious
breath, it all adds up. By the time you
get home, you will not feel as frazzled,"
he says. If you have the time and space,
try to find an empty conference room
and lie down.
"Cozy up to a wall, lie on your back
and rest your legs up the wall," he says.
"Just breathe and relax. (TheStreet)
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