Cool Gear for Turning Your Office Into a Calming Oasis


When you need a moment of zen, reach for these items to turn the break room, or anywhere you can find some free space, into an escape pod.

1. Mavogel Cotton Sleep Eye Mask

Need a nap? Block out the midday sun or harsh fluorescents with a sleep mask. This one uses stiffer material between the eyes that forms to the shape of your nose for maximum light-stifling, and the breathable cotton gives you sweat-free shut-eye.

2. Gaiam Performance Power Grip Yoga Mat

Unfurl this mat for a quick Savasana or meditation. It’s got plenty of grip to hold your pose and enough cushion to make that concrete floor bearable. The natural rubber is only 4 mm thick; easily roll up the mat and stash it under your desk.

3. LuxFit Foam Roller

When you can’t spare an hour for a midday massage, roll out your sore muscles on one of these. The extra-firm, high-­density polypropylene foam won’t grow soft with use, so you can eradicate the knots in your ­glutes, calves, and lower back all the way until retirement.

4. Marpac Dohm Classic

If you can’t find peace and quiet, make your own. This palm-sized white-noise machine has a fan inside, which creates a soothing, old-school way to zone out. Twisting the shell covers and uncovers tiny holes to alter the tone and volume.

5. Bose SoundLink Revolve

There’s nothing relaxing about the office soundtrack of loud phone conversations, watercooler chitchat, and a wheezing printer. Drown it out with this compact but powerful Bluetooth speaker. A single charge gets you up to 12 hours of calming music or guided meditations—just please don’t hog the wellness room for that long.

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