Simple Workplace Relaxation Technique

You are at work. The stress is mounting. Can you relax?

Yes! With this simple workplace relaxation technique you can
relax and bring yourself into balance.

workplace stress

Stress is a natural part of life. However, when stress exceeds our ability to cope with it effectively, stress can have negative consequences on our health. Stress at the workplace is no exception.

Too much work, redundant work, tight deadlines, conflicts with coworkers and boss - all add a hefty load to your stress levels. It may feel at times that you are not in control of your life. Practicing workplace relaxation then becomes vital for your overall well-being.

Learn the following simple relaxation technique to take control of your life:


Color dot technique

This technique is based on the principle of conditioning. Just like you can teach a dog to salivate at the sight of you reaching into a cookie jar, you can teach yourself to relax at the sight of a colored dot.

Get a sticky dot of any color that you like, a color that makes you feel good and relaxed. I use a blue dot on my computer monitor. Blue is a relaxing color.

Now, place the dot on something where you look frequently throughout a day. It can be your watch, your computer monitor, or the telephone in your office. Wherever you look frequently, put it there.

Here comes the workplace relaxation part: When you see the dot (for example when you look at your watch), take a slow deep breath in and say to yourself "I am". Take your time, breathe slowly and deeply. When you exhale, say to yourself "Relaxed". Again, exhale slowly and completely. Let all of the air out of your lungs.

Inhale - "I am"

Exhale - "Relaxed"

Continue breathing and repeating the words "I am Relaxed" for few minutes, while you look at the colored dot. Breathe into your diaphragm. Take slow, deep breaths.

This breathing will quiet down your nervous system. It's the perfect workplace relaxation.

Every time you will see your colored dot, begin to breathe in this manner. At the beginning it will take focus and concentrated effort. With practice, you will condition yourself to relax at the sight of the colored dot.


For more ideas on workplace relaxation:

Fun Ways to Relieve Stress
Thoughts on Stress Free Living
Nature and Relaxation
Progressive Relaxation
Autogenic Relaxation
Muscle Relaxation Technique


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Words of Wisdom

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
~Sydney J. Harris

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
~Chinese Proverb

There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
~Henry Kissinger

Humor, a great stress reliever!
Laugh, be happy and have less stress!
~Catherine Pulsifer




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