If you’re busy with your studies or work in an office, there’s no doubt that you’ll be spending a good chunk of time each week sitting at your desk. So how can we be productive and keep pace with modern life without taking on too much stress? With just a few little touches that are so simple to do, it’s easy to reduce stress by turning your desk into an oasis of calm and creating a space that works for you.
1. Holiday at Your Desk
Changing your desktop wallpaper can help you to reduce stress, by creating a moment of calm for yourself in the middle of a busy day. You might not have the time to wander out and about in nature during your lunch break but the next best thing is to choose a relaxing desktop picture that will transport you away – even if just for five minutes! Look at the image, take some deep breaths and visualise yourself on that mountain by the sparkling blue lake, or on a warm beach with the waves lapping at the shore. Focus in on every detail using all of your senses. If you can, pop on some headphones and listen to some calming music or nature sounds too for a mini-break at your desk.
2. Create Peace with Plants
Another way to invite the outdoors in is to spruce up your desk with a few potted plants. Research shows that plants can help us thrive in the workplace by reducing fatigue, stress and headaches, as well as boosting productivity. They are also thought to help to improve air quality in stuffy office spaces. Spider plants and peace lilies are two of the best indoor office plants to help purify stale air. If a busy workload means you’ve neglected your plants, placing a green moss agate crystal on the earth in the pot is thought to help encourage healthy plant growth!
3. Soothe with Sodalite
Sodalite is a calming mid-to-deep blue crystal with white flecks, which will become your go-to crystal when your workload feels impossible and there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Placing a sodalite in your desk area is not only believed to help clear electromagnetic pollution from your computer, it will clear your head too, boosting concentration levels and encouraging the self-discipline and endurance you need to tackle the task at hand. It also enhances communication skills, so is great for group meetings at work, especially if you’re trying to come up with new creative ideas and concepts.
4. Stretch to Reduce Stress
When we’re busy at the computer trying to clear our day’s to-do list, it’s often easy to forget that stress can be building up in our back, shoulders and neck. Set yourself a reminder on your phone or computer to stop for a couple of minutes every half hour or so to shrug off some stress. Sit up straight in your chair with both feet on the ground and roll the shoulders back slowly ten times, then forwards ten times. Repeat several times. Next, breathe in as you shrug the shoulders up to the ears, hold for a few seconds then let the shoulders relax as you breathe out to reduce stress. Enjoy as you feel the tightness release.
5. Scents Make Sense
Large corporations in Japan are already using the power of aromatherapy to beat fatigue in the workplace, wafting scents like uplifting peppermint through their offices to boost productivity and reduce stress. A more personal and discrete way to use aromatherapy at work is to wear an aromatherapy necklace, which can be tailored to suit the day ahead. These pendant-style necklaces come with special pads to add essential oils to and are a wonderful way to take your own choice of mood-enhancing natural scents with you wherever you go.
6. Make Time for Tea
It’s often said a cup of tea solves everything, and that’s especially true when you skip the caffeine and treat yourself to a delicious herbal tea instead. Kick-starting your day with a refreshing minty tea will invigorate you and it makes a good pick-me-up post lunch too. Our favourite is Pukka Three Mint tea, a stimulating blend of organic peppermint, spearmint and field mint. Then, at the end of a busy day, Clipper Snore & Peace, a chamomile, lemon balm and lavender organic infusion is the perfect brew to reduce stress and wind-down before bed.