After a long day, or even right in the middle of one, there’s nothing more important than taking the time to recuperate and relax. Here are a few ways that you can rejuvenate yourself when you begin to get a little too stressed out.

  1. take a Hike! I’m, not trying to say you need to actually take a hike, but just get out of the office, move around. Try to go see something new, or at least make a change from those same walls you’ve been looking at all day. No matter where you go, just get up and move around for 10 minutes and you’ll come back to work feeling refreshed and ready to get back to work.
  2. Have some fun. Nothing makes you more stressed out and bored than constantly doing the same thing all day, every day. Switch up your routine a bit and step outside for a game of basketball, throw a ball around, do something to get your body active and take your mind off work. If physical activity isn’t an option, smart phone games are an excellent alternative, just do something to pull yourself away from your stresses, if only for a few minutes at a time.
  3. Meditate. One of the best things that you can do for yourself is to take a moment every day to clear your mind and calm down. I know clearing your mind is impossible, so instead just try your best to focus on taking deliberate breaths, in for five seconds, out for five seconds. This will give you the chance to collect yourself, and your feelings, so that you can get back to work with a much more tranquil state of mind.
  4. Respect the power of a power nap. Even if it only lasts for 10-20 minutes, a nap can be the perfect tool for refreshing yourself during the day. When you get the chance during your work day, lie down for a few minutes and you will wake up feeling like it’s a whole new day.
  5. Find a soundtrack for your day. Music can be an amazing tool when used correctly. When you have the opportunity, listen to music to help yourself to calm down, be more productive, or just give yourself the motivation you need to finish up the day strong.
  6. Drink a glass of water. A recent study from Tufts University found that mild dehydration, in small amounts, can have a dramatic effect on the way you think. Drinking a glass of water when you begin to feel sluggish might be just what you need to get back to the day.