What can you do personally to reduce your stress levels?
- Eat healthily, making sure you eat breakfast (80% of your brain’s function depends on what you’ve eaten for breakfast that day) and 5 portions of fruit or veg.
- Exercise regularly. Regular exercise doesn’t necessarily mean pounding away at the gym; it could mean a 20-30 minute brisk walk at lunchtime, which will leave you feeling refreshed and reenergised for the afternoon or how about having a walkabout chat with a colleague? The movement will stimulate your right brain and facilitate problem solving.
- Drink 2 litres of water a day instead of a bucketful of tea, coffee or coke. You particularly need all that water if you work in an air conditioned office and if you only drink when you are thirsty you are already dehydrated.
- Stop working to eat and take a proper lunch break. You will then work far better in the afternoon and avoid the post lunch sleepiness, particularly if you go easy on the carbohydrates.
- Think positively about your work. If you really can’t think of one positive thing about your current job, change it!
- Act assertively and professionally and expect respect from your boss and colleagues. Feel you have the choice whether to accept unrealistic deadlines or negotiate. Act honestly at work rather than politicking, gossiping or paying too much heed to gossip. Tell people honestly what you think but don’t moan, particularly about others behind their backs.
- Learn how to breathe deeply, from the abdomen and take up tai chi or yoga. If you have a particular fear or anxiety at work (a recent survey showed 97% of people fear public speaking more than death!) or feel overworked or burnt out, think seriously about seeing a life coach or hypnotherapist to resolve your problems.
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