Tuesday, 12 March 2013

10 WORK STRESS BUSTERS



Follow these tips to relieve pressure at the office :


1.Harness ‘good stress’ to deal with ‘bad stress’. Focus on the positive aspects of your day, even if they’re only small, to lift your mood and help you focus on other problems.

Dr Robert Rosen, author

2.Scribble out anxiety by writing your thoughts down. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, simply jotting down all the tasks you need to do and dissecting them is enough to help you overcome tension.

University of Chicago

3.Phone home: talking to a loved one boosts the feel-good hormone oxytocin, leaving a smile on the face of the angriest desk jockey.

University of Virginia

4.Listen to music at your desk. Melodies provide a distraction, reducing muscle tension and cutting your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Research has shown that listening to Mozart can help to improve your communication skills, creativity and task performance.

Mayo Clinic

5.If your To Do list becomes too long, swap your espresso for a glass of milk. It will boost your levels of feel-good hormone serotonin to beat the office blues.

Maastricht University

6.Stay at your desk late to beat heart problems. People who take work home with them are 20 times more likely to suffer.

Johns Hopkins University

7.De-clutter your desk to de-clutter your mind. Working in a clear environment helps free up your mind from unnecessary distractions, promoting productivity.

Wendy Hearn, business coach

8.Count to 10 in a foreign language. It distracts your mind quickly and efficiently enough to deal with sudden increases in your stress levels.

Will James, psychologist

9.If you feel like you’re about to boil over take a 15-minute break where you leave your work station and do some simple stretches. This has been proven to make you calmer and more productive.

American Journal of Industrial Medicine

10.Play a game. ‘Casual' video gaming can reduce stress and have other mood-lifting effects. This does depend on the game though, a leisurely round of Let’s Golf! will potentially see a more positive response than a hardcore session of Call of Duty: Black Ops.

University of East Carolina

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