31 Ways to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less

9:21 a.m.

Order a Peace Lily from ProFlowers. A recent study shows that people working near plants reacted 12 percent faster and were less stressed, based on blood pressure readings taken before and after a typing assignment.


10:53 a.m.

Obsessing about the meeting your boss rudely left you out of? Think acupressure. Use the thumb and index finger of one hand to squeeze the soft spot between the thumb and index finger of the other. Hold for three counts. Switch sides. Next: With thumb and index finger, gently squeeze each of your fingers all over. Use your thumb to rub each joint in a circular motion. Then hold each finger at its base and pull gently to stretch it, sliding your grip up the finger and off the tip. For extra benefits, use a dab of lavender oil, which can relieve anxiety and headaches.

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11:35 a.m.
E-mail a friend for the hell of it: Social support has been proven to lower stress.

11:46 a.m.
Revel in evil giggles at Go Fug Yourself or browse YouTube for ridiculous videos. Laughing fits are a surefire way to stamp out stress.

12:30 p.m.
Your favorite lunch spot is a 5-minute walk away and you're still ordering delivery? Big mistake. Get moving on that second 10 minutes of physical activity.

1:25 p.m.
While enduring an annoying phone call, do this: Sit on the edge of your chair and straighten your left leg in front of you. Exhale and bend forward from your hips, keeping your back flat and chest lifted. Hold for 2 to 10 breaths. Do the same with your right leg. This will relieve any tension built up from sitting at your desk all morning.

2:14 p.m.
Visualization reduces stress. So go ahead, picture yourself in an elevator, happily sandwiched between two hot actors of your choice.

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3:22 p.m.
Attack of the afternoon blahs! Bypass the Snickers and grab a handful of dried fruit and nuts (which are just as easy to stash in a desk drawer). You'll avoid a mood-scrambling ride on the blood sugar roller coaster.

3:47 p.m.
Keep a golf ball under your desk and rub your bare feet over it for a private foot massage. Bonus: The boss will think you play golf.

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