The 5 Minute Mental Refresh You Can Do At Your Desk

Are there are times throughout your day when you begin to feel a bit overwhelmed by all the tasks building on your to-do list? Or maybe you’re having a particularly long day and need a bit of R&R, but don’t have tons of time to take a full break. If you’ve ever felt this way (I most certainly have) we have a few tips for a 5-minute mental refresh that you can do while still sitting at your desk. Do them all together or just one at a time—either way you’ll begin to feel more refreshed and relaxed.

Keep Some Aromatherapy Close By

Whether you pick up one of our Aromatherapy Rollers or keep some diluted essential oils in your bag, either will make a huge difference. Simply take a moment and apply the oil to your pulse points (think where you usually put perfume) and inhale deeply. Aroma really has a way of brightening your mood and can act ask a pick me up throughout the day. Try essential oils that are citrusy, like lemon and grapefruit, or ginger to help uplift your mood. Lavender is also another great option if you find yourself feeling stressed during the day.

Keep A Facial Tool Handy

Not only are facial tools a great addition to your skincare routine, but they also feel great used during the day. Keep one by your desk (or even in the fridge if possible!) and gently rub on your temples or jaw to help relieve any tension you may unknowingly be holding in your jaw.

Listen To Calming Music

Sometimes throwing on some soothing classical tunes can really bolster your mood. Try listening to some classic piano or even some nature sounds if you’re feeling some anxiety coming on. Try even taking a moment to just focus on the noises and meditate to really help your mind relax.  

Tidy Things Up

If your mind feels a bit cluttered, chances are your desk is probably a tad messy. Try taking a few minutes to tidy up your desk and straighten things up. You’ll most likely feel more productive and less stressed out afterward.

Don’t Forget To Breathe

It’s amazing how simple this tip may seem, but there are actually tons of breathing methods that can help reduce stress and anxiety. Try inhaling to the count of two, and exhaling to the count of four repeatedly for a couple of minutes. Breathing in this manner sends a message to your brain that your body is beginning to relax and can help in calming your mind. Choose a spot, whether it’s at your desk, break room or outside, and take a few moments to take some deep breaths. Pair this with an aromatherapy oil and chances are you’ll feel much calmer afterward.

(Image by @chelsiereimer) 

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