Stress is just hype; only simple daily habits can defeat it

Stress has become a very common factor that is found in working professionals, many youngsters and even teenagers. Having the spirit to excel and giving your best is one thing and worrying about it all the time is another. When it comes to stress, it is only YOU who can help yourself. It’s as simple as accepting the fact, problems won’t stop occurring if you stress more. You will never be able to remove stress from your life completely, issues are going to creep up every now and then, and people around you (your parents, siblings, colleagues, seniors, managers)are going to expect higher and better performance every time.

It all comes down to how well you manage your stress.

Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. This may not sound simple but in reality if you sit down and think, you will come up with a list on your own. The real reason of stress is not always obvious and more than often you tend to overlook your own stress-inducing thoughts, feelings and behaviors. You are aware that you are constantly worried about work deadlines but the real reason may be your procrastination that lands you in a soup.

Stress management comes with practice, you need to exercise habits. Your to-do list is never going to be complete and more tasks will keep adding but there is one task that should never come off your to-do list: Relax.

The following tips if practiced daily may help you manage your stress. Just a mere couple of minutes from your schedule and you’ll be fresh and energized to take what the day brings!

Meditate

Meditation is one of the best ways to help you ease anxiety. Research has shown that when you meditate daily the neural paths in your brain may alter making you more pliant to stress. Meditation is a very simple process, sit up straight with both feet on the floor (you may also sit cross legged on the floor the bottom line is to sit up straight). Once you get comfortable, focus your attention on reciting a mantra loudly or silently that makes you feel positive. It can be anything like “I feel at peace” or “I am the strongest”. You can place your hands on your belly to sync the mantra with your breaths.

Just Breathe

Every time you feel you are worked up or beginning to stress due to the work load, take 5 minutes off and focus on your breathing. You can do this sitting at your desk in office, all you have to do is take deep breaths, inhale and exhale fully. Taking deep breaths releases stress by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.  5 minutes may seem a lot when at work but even if you try focusing on work you will be less productive. So take time off and just breathe!

Be Present

Live the moment, it’s as simple as that! You rush through dinner, hurry to reach the destination; you are running the race to strike off another to-do from your list. For a change try something different, try to slow down. Focus on the thing you are doing right now! If you’re having food, enjoy the texture and taste of every bite, notice how air feels on your face while walking or driving. When you are working concentrate on the task at hand and not about the problems that will arise in the next task. When you start to spend time in the moment and focus on your senses, you should feel the relaxation that grips your body and be more productive.

 Reach out

Very often you hear people saying, “Those were the golden, carefree days when we talked so much!” One of the major reasons that add to stress is not talking to family and friends. Take time out from your “busy” schedules to catch up with friends. Talk about worries that are troubling you and it will surprise you that talking out loud to your friends can do wonders to your mood. A good social support system plays a major role when dealing with stress. Meet friends face-to-face and spend time with them without talking or thinking of the to-do list, just have a good time! Having a good laugh is a great way to better manage whatever is stressing you out.

Listen to your body

Whether you believe it or not, your body is constantly talking to you, giving you signs to handle it with care. One of the best ways to manage stress and stay fit is to take up a sport of your choice – anything that requires physical involvement. Join a gym and more importantly go regularly, participate in a physical group activity you love whether it is cycling, running, football, table tennis or badminton. Just sweat it out at least for 45 minutes once in a day. You will be surprised by the wonders working on you. After continuous practice, you will see and feel the difference in you and your reaction to tension.

– By Shraddha Barde

How to Remain Healthy at Work

Health is wealth.

Heard this? Yes, we all have. But somewhere in our busy schedule we have forgotten the fact that most of our waking hours are spent at work, which means that our working environment plays a big part in our health and well-being. Keeping healthy at work represents one of the biggest dilemmas that working professionals are facing today. Going to office and working around 10-12 hours a day, and sometimes 6 days a week, naturally drains one’s energy levels but it shouldn’t affect your health over time.

Remember, earning a living doesn’t need to cost you your health.

There are plenty of things you can do to make sure you stay healthy and happy at work. Let’s start with these few simple tips, which we can easily follow, in our day-to-day life.

Drink: No, don’t go to the weekend mood! Drink water, is what I mean. Dehydration makes you tired and sluggish. Staying hydrated can keep you energized and can prevent you from thinking you are hungry when in fact you are just thirsty.

An apple on the desk keeps the coffee away: Although coffee wakes us up and makes us feel energetic, the effect does not last long. On the other hand an apple not only provides us with fibre but also with fructose, which keeps us awake and energetic for longer hours when compared to coffee.

Get up and move: Stand up and move around every 30 minutes or so. Not only will your muscles thank you for it, but it will also improve circulation, making you a little less tired. Simply getting up and moving around for a few moments can keep you less fatigued and more focused.

Take it easy on your eyes: Poor lighting may not be the only problem for your eyes at the office. If you are working on a computer all day, please make sure to look away from your monitor periodically to give your eyes some rest every 15 to 30 minutes.

Connect with people: Feeling bored or stressed, go connect with the gossip guru or your funny co-worker in your office. Social interaction reduces stress and encourages happiness.

Say no to Elevator: If you have your office on lower floors, then take the stairs instead of elevators or escalators, as it will keep you fit and energetic.

Stretching: Perform simple stretching exercises at your chair like neck rotations, flexing your foot, stretching your legs and arms whenever you get time. This will relieve you from backache, body pain and joint pains.

Fuel your body: Think of your body as if it were a campfire. If you put too much wood on the fire at once, the fire will get smothered and burnt out. If you forget to put wood on the fire, it will die out. However, if you add small amounts of wood all day long to the fire, it will continue to burn. This is just like your body’s metabolism, if you do not continually fuel it it will burn out. Eat small meals throughout the day to fuel your body. Overall you will feel more energetic.

Get a good night’s sleep: Sleep well! Getting enough quality sleep boosts your immune system and energy levels. It also improves concentration at work, memory and your reaction time. Good sleep is very crucial and allows your body to heal and regenerate.

So it’s time to go home… mission “Healthy day at work” accomplished!

Amit Kumar

Amit takes care of the sales & marketing function at savetime.com. His in-depth knowledge of the healthcare industry and astute business acumen has helped him make pathbreaking forays in his career. His strategic vision of the function enables him to deliberate on important issues and steering it to the right direction. A post-graduate in marketing from university of Pune and a university rank holder, Amit loves to explore new places on his bike and watching Amitabh bachchan’s movies.