12 wellness hacks you can do right at your desk


News flash: Self-care shouldn’t just happen in the comfort of your home. If you really want to achieve work-life balance, make sure that your desk space offers you the same level of TLC as your nightly bubble bath (okay, just try). No matter if you have a cubicle or corner office, fill your space with these mood-boosters, ranging from air-purifying plants to posture-improving seat cushions. 

Marble Queen Pothos, $32

This beauty isn’t just a pretty desk accessory: Pothos plants, which are easy to care for and can thrive in low-light conditions, purify the air, allowing you to breathe in more oxygen and fewer toxins while you get your work done. 

Sip Sip Tumbler, $19

The easiest way to crush your hydration goals? Fill up an aesthetically-pleasing tumbler with 20 ounces of water and sip your day away. If you look closely, this tumbler also has marks to tell you how much water you’ve had in a day.

Sunny Health & Fitness Fully Assembled Magnetic Under Desk Elliptical, $135

With this under-the-desk elliptical, you have no excuses regarding why you’re not reaching your step count each day. Stick this compact machine under your desk and start pedaling when you need to get ideas flowing or ya know when you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.e

Costa Farms Chinese Money Plant, $55

The benefits of this potted plant are two-fold: Not only does this windowsill-friendly plant remind you to chase after your money goals, but it naturally purifies the air. 

Core Meditation Trainer, $169 & $9.99 a month for app subscription

When you need to take a breather, sit back and let Core be your guide. When in use, this meditation trainer vibrates to create a soothing atmosphere, and guides you through breathing and meditation exercises, ultimately bringing your stress levels way down (or trying to, at least). 

Charge Up by Brilli, 2 pack ($16), 4 pack ($30), 6 pack ($42)

Brighten up your workspace — literally — with these lightbulbs that rely on your circadian rhythm (a.k.a. Your natural sleep-wake cycle and other biological processes) to set the mood … lighting. When you’re in work mode, the lights will amp up to inspire focus and productivity.

Bloomscape Collections, $65

Greenery is an instant brain-booster, which is why plants make the ultimate officemates. Let Bloomscape’s Plant Mom do the work for as she selects five different sets of three curated plants to add to your space. That way you’ll know they can all survive in your office space, and they’ll complement one another. 

LAFCO Rosemary Eucalyptus Reed Diffuser, $115

Since candles in the office are a no-go, opt for this reed diffuser scented with an inspiring rosemary and eucalyptus blend. Together, these scents are known to promote productivity, focus, and out-of-the-box thinking, which is exactly what you need at your 9 to 5. 

Care/of, Price varies 

Once you figure out your perfect vitamin blend, stick a box of Care/of vitamins on your desk for accountability’s sake. You’ll be better for it: After taking a quick quiz, Care/of recommends the right vitamins, supplements, and powders for you to ensure that you give your body the care it deserves — even at work. 

Touchland Power Mist, $12

Small enough to fit in your pocket as you hop from meeting to meeting, this ultra-chic hand sanitizer will help make your office a safe and healthy place to work by killing 99.99% of germs. Another plus: It’s made with vegan ingredients and comes in a variety of fruity scents. 

WordSmith Deck, $20

Don’t let writer’s block put you in a negative headspace. With this set of cards, you’ll have 150 thought-provoking prompts to inspire your next great idea, whether it relates to your relationship, education, or personal sense of discovery. 

Gaiam Balance Cushion, $25

Just because your email inbox is out of control doesn’t mean your at-work balance should be. When you need a boost or a sense of calm, place this cushion on your desk chair to force you to sit straight, improve your posture, and boost circulation throughout your body.