If Mondays are your least favorite day of the week, you’re not alone. The rest of the week is stretching far, far ahead of you and the weight of your responsibilities are weighing you down. Fortunately, you can relieve stress at your desk without distracting yourself from your work. All you need is a DIY attitude and the right supplies.
So shake off those Monday blues and step into a happier frame of mind with these eight relaxing DIY projects.
1. Stress Ball
Balloons are easy to manipulate, and making a stress ball is an easy project for even the least experienced DIY enthusiasts. Just use a funnel to fill up a balloon with your choice of rice or flour. When it’s full, let out any remaining air and tie off the opening. You can store the stress ball in a desk or a drawer and reach for it whenever necessary.
2. Sensory Bottle
Sensory bottles aren’t only for children — they work well for stressed-out adults as well. Any glass or hard plastic bottle will do as long as you clean it out and remove the labels. Fill the bottle with water and add glue to suspend objects of your choice within the solution. Examples include rocks, seashells and beads. You can use food coloring or glitter for a monochromatic color scheme, or you can create a themed, multicolored sensory bottle.
3. Zen Garden
A zen garden is a useful and attractive addition to any office space. Fill a bowl or tray with a thin layer of craft sand and scatter a few decorative objects. There’s no limit to what you can incorporate, so get creative. Gemstones and crystals in particular complement the sand’s color. Since you’re likely to have a few pens at your desk, keep one handy for trailing designs in your makeshift garden.
4. Polymer Clay Stress Ball
Polymer clay is great for making stress balls, as it’s manageable for those unfamiliar with handling clay. Its synthetic polymers make it easily moldable, and you don’t need any expertise to handle it. The clay’s texture is soft, but it provides just enough solidity for you to sink your hands into. You can also mix the clay with other mediums for a more textured stress ball.
Many people find value in using polymer clay for emotional relief, and you can reap the same benefits if you’re willing to try.
5. Zipper Bracelet
You can make a fun distraction out of your old hoodies or jackets by creating a zipper bracelet. You could also buy zippers if you don’t want to take apart your clothing. If that isn’t an issue, cut the cloth away from the zipper and coat the outside with nail polish to keep it from fraying. Once you do this, you can use embroidery floss to sew the ends into a loop big enough for your wrist.
Tie the floss around both ends and make sure the knot is tight so the bracelet won’t come loose. During stressful days at the office, use the bracelet as a sensory tool to ground you.
6. Essential Oil Necklace
Essential oils are calming for both the mind and body, but they’re not exactly something you want to carry around with you all day. An excellent way to make them portable is to create an essential oil diffuser necklace. You can craft it with modeling clay or lava beads, porous materials which will absorb the scent. The aroma can last anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days, depending on the strength of the oil.
7. Slime Stress Ball
Make a stress ball out of slime using glue and liquid cornstarch, experimenting with the quantities to change its consistency. Add food coloring and glitter to the mixture for a fun range of colors. You can use the slime by itself and store it in an airtight container, or you can put it inside a balloon to create a stress ball.
8. Scented Playdough
Playdough may sound out of your age range, but it serves a similar function as a stress ball. You can make it with boiling water, cream of tartar, flour and salt. Add some essential oil to the recipe to give it a soothing scent. It smells best when warm, so you can either knead it or put it in your microwave for a quick spin to heighten the aroma.
De-Stress Your Week
Use these eight tips for inspiration on removing daily stress. Once you implement them, you’ll be able to kick off a better start to a more positive week.