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The 50 methods office workers use to relieve stress – any of them sound familiar?

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Of course, not all staff members can keep their temper under wraps. In June, Real Business explored the five brashest (and brightest) ways to resign from a job – one news reporter quit with expletives live on air, while a flight attendant leapt down a plane’s emergency slide to freedom.

But for those people who actually want to keep their careers, the best solution for a bad day is finding a way to relieve the stress.

When corporate workers Matt Holyfield and Alastair Flynn became discontent with their posts as a business advisor and IT specialist, they left and started Capital Karts – a firm now on track for a £2m turnover in 2015.

As such, Capital Karts has explored just what office workers do to relieve stress – if not starting a go karting venture.

“Office work can be really stressful. Emails are constantly popping up, the phone is always ringing and to-do lists feel never ending,” said Holyfield.

“We’ve all been there – Friday arrives but you’ve managed to take all those work worries home with you. It’s important to find ways to unwind- that way you can achieve a reasonable work life balance.”

Among the top 50 stress busters, included popping bubble wrap, watching animal videos on YouTube, swimming and, you guessed it, getting drunk.

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In no particular order, here are the top 50 methods of stress relief for office workers:

1. Popping bubble wrap
2. Writing to-do lists
3. Binge watching a most loved TV series
4. Watching animal videos on YouTube
5. Swimming
6. Scrolling through social media
7. Catching up with friends
8. Organising your desk
9. Spa days and massages
10. Partying
11. Switching off electronics
12. Cooking
13. Get drunk
14. Dream of a luxury holiday
15. Retail therapy
16. Having a manicure
17. Housework
18. A phone call with your parents or partner
19. Go karting
20. Trampolining
21. Playing games
22. Snacking on comfort foods
23. Reading a book
24. Sky diving
25. A trip to the beach
26. Employee days out
27. Yoga
28. Visiting a comedy club
29. Heading out for dinner
30. Cycling to and from work
31. Visiting the countryside
32. Writing down worries
33. Making a cup of tea
34. Adventure days
35. A trip to the pub
36. Complaining to work friends
37. Going to the gym
38. Colouring
39. Heading for a run
40. Getting up early
41. Playing with pets
42. Gardening
43. Listening to music
44. Taking a nap
45. Leaving the office at a set time
46. Playing a sport
47. Family time with kids
48. Bubble baths
49. Playing a musical instrument
50. Singing loudly to your favourite song

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