Meditating on the Toilet and 7 Other Ways to Relax at Work

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- For most workers, the office is a place for stress, not relaxation, but there are ways decompress and chill out in your cubicle, in an empty conference room -- or even in the bathroom. Experts weigh in on the best ways to get away from it all in the middle of a busy workday:

1. Go for a walk in the building

Even a quick walk down the hallway at work can be calming, says Loretta LaRoche, stress management consultant and author of Relax -- You May Only Have a Few Minutes Left.

"Just removing yourself from your desk and strolling up and down the hallway for a few minutes helps you decompress," LaRoche says. "Some people can't sit and meditate -- they have to walk."

Many workers have the mindset of, "I'm going to sit here at my desk and not get up until I tackle this problem," but that's the worst way to approach things.

"Don't sit there all day and agonize over what you're doing. You've got to give your brain a respite," she says.

Walking around your office hallways -- even up and down a stairwell -- is a great way to relax during any season, says Jordan Friedman, stress management trainer and founder of The Stress Coach.

"In the dead of winter or heat of summer, walking to a destination somewhere in the building may be all that's available to you, and that's OK. Just a quick stroll will get you more focused, reenergized," he says.

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