It’s 3 p.m., you have at least 20 unanswered emails, a long list of deadlines, and meetings that will last you the rest of the day—chances are, you’re stressed out and feeling completely overwhelmed. But don’t throw in the towel just yet! We chatted with Dr. Jim Nicolai, the medical director of the Andrew Weil, M.D. Integrative Wellness Program at Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, to get some stress management tips that really work, learn easy ways to de-stress at our desks, and figure out what to do when tips and tricks just aren’t enough to lessen anxiety.
For starters, the best and easiest way to de-stress at your desk is something you’re already doing without even thinking about it: breathing. “Simple breathing techniques are simple, efficient, and effective for hijacking the stress response and producing a feeling of calm relaxation,” Dr. Nicolai explains. Dr. Nicolai shared two effective breathing techniques, which he details in his book, Integrative Wellness Rules, that you should try right now!