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Weekly Whimsy: Desktop Stressbusters

Photo of Bach Rescue Remedies, lip gloss, perfume and hand cream
Four simple stress remedies that live on my desk

A recent social media discussion about stress at work made me realise I’ve developed an unusual set of mechanisms to combat desktop stress, without even realising what I was doing. I thought I’d share it here too, in case anyone else finds it helpful.

Four Simple Therapies on my Desk

Among the mass of stationery, ornaments and other bits and pieces on my desk, I keep within arm’s length of my keyboard four cheery and uplifting treats to self:

  • a zesty orange lip gloss, a free gift from the ACX stand at the London Book Fair in April
  • a citrussy miniature Yves Rocher eau de toilette spray bought on holiday in France at Easter
  • an uplifting verbena hand cream which I was given for my birthday
  • that perennial stressbuster in the idiosyncratic clicky tin, always fun to open – Bach’s Rescue Pastilles, in the newish orange and elderflower flavour

Each of these will give me a lift any time I’m feeling stressed. A quick slick of lip gloss is great if I’ve been anxiously chewing my lips in concentration. Massaging in the handcream is great therapy for aching fingers from constant typing. A spritz of perfume lifts my spirits, and the deep intake of breath it prompts must be good for me too. (It’s astonishing just how often we forget to breathe properly.) All three also remind me of happy occasions, so provide a moment’s diversion from the task in hand as I remember how I came by them. The pastilles are a last resort, but always help. Whether or not you think Bach’s Flower Remedies are a cranky placebo, I don’t care – they work for me.

It’s easy to tell when I’ve had a particularly stressful session at my desk, because I’m especiallly soft and fragrant.

I Spy a Citrus Theme Here

I didn’t realise until I put them all together for the photo that each of them has a citrus element, which is great for increasing alertness too. On a whim, I googled “effect of citrus” and discovered that just smelling citrus fragrances can boost your mood to the extent of reducing the need for antidepressants.

Who knew? Not me. Well, actually, I think my subconscious must have known. And just like my mum, my subconscious always knows best. Although my mum would probably also tell me to get up from my desk and have a rest more often – which is exactly what I’m going to do when I’ve finished this post.

What are your favourite remedies for combating stress at your desk? I’d love to know!

Author:

Optimistic author, blogger, journalist, book reviewer and public speaker whose life revolves around books. Her first love is writing fiction, including the new Sophie Sayers Village Mystery novels (out 2017), short stories and essays inspired by her life in an English village. She also writes how-to books for authors and books about living with Type 1 diabetes. She is Author Advice Centre Editor and and UK Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) Advice Centre blog, an ambassador for the children's reading charity Readathon, and an official speaker for the diabetes research charity JDRF.

2 thoughts on “Weekly Whimsy: Desktop Stressbusters

  1. Mm, they sound lovely!! I have a bottle of lavender oil that I put on my wrists at times of stress, and I couple it with a mug of nice green tea and a cuddle with one of our dogs!! 🙂

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