In the working world, it’s almost guaranteed that there will be some stressful days. Stress not only takes a toll on your mental health but can also affect you physically as well. Did you know that there are a few exercises you can do at your desk to help ease/manage stress?

When you find yourself in the midst of a hectic workday, try some of these simple exercises to decompress:

  • Sit up straight, pull your shoulders back and take a few deep breaths. While inhaling and exhaling, visualize your “happy place.” Whether that be laying on the beach or hiking in the mountains, positive visualization can do wonders for your mind.
  • Stand up and stretch. Stretching is a natural stress reliever. Stretch your arms, wrists and legs. Also try rolling your ankles. This can help relieve tension in your joints.
  • Take a stroll throughout the office or walk around the block. This will loosen your muscles and give you a refreshing change of scenery. Ask a fellow co-worker to go, so you can enjoy some good company.
  • Stand up and sit down in your desk chair repeatedly. These modified office squats can help release endorphins, which are natural mood boosters.
  • Do calf raises while sitting at your desk. This allows you to continue working if you cannot get away from your desk, but helps you release pent-up stress.
  • Wash dishes, organize the office pantry or clean off your cluttered desk. You can still be productive, but you get to step away from your work and gather your thoughts while focusing on a simple task. Then, you can return to your desk feeling ready to work.
  • Close your eyes or look away from your computer. Staring at a screen all day can put a lot of stress on your eyes and vision. Practice the 20-20-20 rule—every 20 minutes look at something that is 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

We hope that you find these simple exercises beneficial to your mind and body. Making a habit of recognizing a stressful situation and incorporating these techniques can do wonders.