If you’re feeling stressed at work, take a quick break and read this first. By Dawn Chen
Get happy in a jiffy with these quick stress-busting tips. (Photo: Unsplash / www.pixabay.com)
1. Quick & easy way to beat stress: Blast music
New research published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science has found that music can truly make us feel powerful. What’s more, the study also zoomed in on one specific feature that boosts morale: the song’s bass levels.
Researchers theorise that these sounds, typically conveying dominance and confidence, cause people to mimic the same feelings. In the study, We Will Rock You by Queen and Get Ready For This by 2 Unlimited were identified as powerful songs.
Author Dennis Hsu recommends listening to similar songs to “quickly ease into an empowered mental state before going on a first date or to an important client meeting or a job interview”. Remember to put on your earphones first!
2. Quick & easy way to beat stress: Don’t slouch
When the 4pm work slump hits, try this instead of reaching for a cookie: Sit up straight. In a new study published in the journal Health Psychology, researchers found that sitting upright when you’re feeling stressed can instantly lift your mood, lower fear and boost self-esteem.
On the other hand, slouching causes you to use more negative words and become more self-absorbed. Straighten your back and let the stress roll off your shoulders the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed. And try to keep your posture right in the office. Your mind and spine will thank you for it.
3. Quick & easy way to beat stress: Switch off
Your gadgets might be to blame for your feeling frazzled, even if you’re not in the office. A high level of media-multitasking, like watching TV while texting and surfing on your laptop, is linked to emotional problems like depression and anxiety, say researchers from the University of Sussex in the UK.
In their study, participants who used multiple screens at once had a smaller anterior cingulate cortex. This is the region of the brain responsible for decision making, impulse control and emotions. Time for a digital detox holiday, we say!