Although you may not think of exercise as stress relieving ( if you've ever walked a treadmill for a stress test ), a healthy body is a formidable weapon to combat stress. Of course, a full blown exercise regime cannot be completed at your desk, but there are several easy exercises that you can do to relieve tension and reduce stress. Even if your job is physically taxing, the exercises below are designed to help you unwind, relax and reduce stress.

Blow it off.

Since breathing comes naturally, deep breathing is often overlooked as an exercise, but it's an excellent stress reducer. Breathe in while tucking in your tummy and feel the air as it expands your lungs and chest. Breathe in to the count of four and hold it for two counts. Then exhale at the count of four. Take two to four deep breathes several times a day and soon daily stressors may well be “gone with the wind”!

Get up and stretch.

Visualize the stress flooding from your back, legs, shoulders and pouring out your fingertips and toes. Add to your stretches by taking the time to learn a few yoga positions, which you can find in books and videos.

Take a short walk after lunch or during coffee break.

A brisk 10 to 15 minutes walk each day is not only physically beneficial but transfers your focus from your problems to the scenery along your route, whether it's the good-looking person in the hallway or the trees in the neighborhood park.

Squeeze a lemon or a stress ball.

As P.T. Barnum said, “When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade!”. Squeezing a lemon or stress ball is a good way to keep your fingernails from biting into your palms!


Join an aerobics class, a tai chi class or just turn on the tunes and dance. Dancing has a double advantage in that along with exercise, music is a great stress reducer.

Meditate and pray

The simple technique of quieting the mind, following the breath, and relaxing the body can put you in the right frame of mind for getting through a stressful day with a positive mental attitude.

Give yourself a break and start taking care of your body before it breaks down. If it does, then your'e in big trouble.. Avoid it!