5 Ways To Keep Calm At Work

Work is stressful. There’s no doubt about it. Some days are fulfilling and productive, but other times you want to strangle your co-workers, lock yourself in the bathroom, and blubber like a baby.Wondering how to keep calm during the workday when you're stressed out and everyone keeps annoying you? Here are five simple tricks to make you feel better!All it takes is someone else’s negative behavior or your boss dumping another project onto your already overwhelming workload to make you lose your cool. Although you might not be able to control these sort of situations, you can control how you react to them.

Here’s what you can do to keep yourself calm and collected during the 9-5:

Use an essential oil spray.

I’m gonna get all hippie on ya. I use a mist called Panic Button by Aura Cacia. Somehow the combination of lavender, lemon, orange, petitgrain (wtf is that?), rose, and neroli is supposed to make you feel calm and relaxed.

Go for a walk.

Clear your head during your lunch break, or try doing some yoga at your desk.

Listen to some tunes.

Instead of curling into a ball and crying about your workload, try listening to a Spotify playlist. Music will calm you, distract you, and improve your mood. Triple whammy.

Drink tea.

Peppermint and chamomile are my go to. They’re relaxing and delicious without getting your heart rate up anymore than it already is (I’m looking at you, coffee).


Really deep breaths. I often forget to breathe during stressful times, so taking a minute to close your eyes to focus on your inhales and exhales can be really calming. Even better, try meditating. I’ve been liking 10-minute guided meditations from Headspace.

Ommmm. Leave a comment about how you stay calm during work!

Photo: Nicola Holtkamp

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Catherine Beard

Hi, I’m Catherine! I’m the mindset coach and writer behind The Blissful Mind. Whether you’re trying to reduce stress, slow down, or feel more content, I’m here to help make life a little calmer.


  1. Hi hi! Do you recommend the essential oil spray for any time of day? I researched this particular one and read mixed reviews on its smell… What do you think of it? :) I am open to ANYTHING that helps me stay calm.

    1. Hi Claire! I think it’s great for any time of day really. I’ve actually seen this one at Whole Foods, so maybe you can find it there and see if you like the smell? It’s definitely hippie-ish, but I like it! I see they have a lavender one too that’s supposed to be calming so that’s another option!

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