We are living in a time where fast paced lives, fast food and high stress jobs are the norm. A time where we are glued to our gadgets and are oblivious to the changing weather and real human connections. We spend the largest part of the day at work, and then a large part of our time commuting. This, along with the stress of meeting deadlines, proving our competency and striving for a better tomorrow, all adds an enormous amount of stress and anxiety.
While it is a good thing to be competitive and excel in whatever you are doing, it is also very important to learn to tackle stress and take life easy. Remember, we live only once! So, here are some easy ways to cope with workplace stress in a healthy way
1 . Take a quick walk outside your office space or building. Artificial lights interfere with the body’s clock, or the circadian cycle and trick the brain, and hamper the production of melatonin. A quick walk in the open helps correct the body clock, and reset our brain.
2 . Keep a small plant at your desk, bamboo or a money plant. Take a 5 minute break between and water the plant, look at it, and maybe wipe the leaves. Green colour soothes eyes that are strained due to staring at the computer.
3 . Start a game of catch with a friend at another desk. Stress balls are truly great de-stressors. Toss around a stress ball for 5 minutes or so, play a game of donkey, just get the happy hormones going.
4 . Take a power nap. 10 minutes of shut eye goes a long way in recharging your tired brain. Any longer than 15 minutes will end up making you groggy. Just put your head down on the desk, and clear your mind of all thoughts for 10 minutes.
5 . Munch on some dry fruits. Keep a jar of mixed nuts, raisins, figs etc at your work place. Almonds, walnuts & cashews are packed with minerals and good fats. They help your heart stay fit and healthy.
6 . Keep books from great thinkers at your desk and read a page or two in between. Remember that work is just a part of your life and there is so much more that you should be doing.
7 . Nibble on some dark chocolate. The low in sugar variety of chocolate is packed full with antioxidants, helps improve blood flow, reduces cholesterol, releases endorphins and the very act of savoring a piece of chocolate melts the tension away.
8 . Take a gossip break, nothing de-stresses one more than a quick chat with friends. Walk to a friend’s desk for some gossip, a little chit chat and some laughs. A sure way to break the monotony of the work day.
The idea is to take a break. The ideal balance is 5 minutes of break every 90 minutes of work. And contrary to instinct, a sweet cup of tea or coffee with a cigarette does not count for a break!
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So, just pull your mind away from the fast paced life every once in a while and treat yourself with love. Think positive, Stay Healthy!