Today, having an overscheduled calendar and an overloaded inbox has become the norm in plenty of workplaces. Work stress can take a toll on our minds and bodies, but there's methods you can stay calm in stressful situations and protect your health.
Jesse Hanson, a doctoral candidate for clinical psychology and the clinical director of Helix Healthcare Group in Toronto, suggests things you can do at your table to ward off stress.
1. Breathe deeply.
Proper breathing might appear like elderly news, but there is nice reason for the reminder. Hanson explains that, in the same way anxiety can lead to quickened breathing, improper breathing can contribute to anxiety. "If you are deep breathing, you won't be able to get anxious. You might be able to feel the pressure, but you won't be concerned," says Hanson. To eliminate stress, spend 30 to 60 seconds every hour focusing on deep breathing. (Try setting reminders on your phone to keep this up throughout the day.) "Imagine the breath coming up the backbone so that when you inhale you get taller. Then imagine exhaling down your backbone and getting more grounded and centred," says Hanson. "You'll notice a difference." And finally, you won't need reminders because your breathing will become a healthy habit.
2. Sit well.
It might surprise you to know that proper ergonomicscan actually impact stress levels. "Are you sitting in a way that you need to constantly look down or cock your head to be able to see your screen? Are you sitting in a way that your back is not supported properly? Are you sitting in a way that your keyboard is way out in front of you so you are constantly reaching your shoulders forward?" asks Hanson. Muscle tension can translate to psychological tension, they explains. When your back & shoulders are bearing additional pressure, you are more likely to experience irritability & anxiousness, not to mentionheadaches & backaches. Rolling your shoulders back & relaxing them can help put your mind at ease & put you in a better place to deal with difficult situations on the job.
3. Shake it off.
No, Hanson is not proposing you forget about that inflammatory electronic mail that popped up in your inbox or the huge folder of work that landed on your table at five p.m.; they wishes you to literally give your body a shake. Take about deep breaths, then imagine there is water all over you & you need to shake all the droplets off, then literally shake your body from head to toe. "Animals do this & there is clinical research that shows that when they shake it out, the nervous technique goes back to balance," says Hanson.

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