5 Ways to Reduce Stress & Be Happier at Work

by Estelle Low
LIFESTYLE  |  October 17, 2016
  • Bye bye, stress
    1 / 6 Bye bye, stress

    We all have days when we feel like throwing in the towel (or resignation letter) at work. It could be due to anything, like feeling swamped by an ever-increasing workload, getting passed up on a promotion that you think you deserve, or having to deal with difficult people who constantly make you feel miserable.

    The general rule of thumb is: If you love your job – a good indicator is when you aren’t counting down to the end of work every day – you should probably stay put, and deal with the stressors that come with it.

    Fortunately, there are some things you can easily do in the office to lift your mood. Ekraj Gajurel, a yoga master and wellness consultant from The Andaman luxury resort in Langkawi offers these tips. Time for more #joblove!

    (Also read: Quiz: Just How Stressed Are You?)

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  • 1. Practise deep breathing
    2 / 6 1. Practise deep breathing

    When faced with an impossible task, the fastest thing you can do to lower your anxiety (and blood pressure) level is to breathe, deeply. Take a few minutes to inhale and exhale for five slow counts, increasing it to 10 counts when you are more relaxed. The slower you breathe, the lower your heart rate. This helps to calm you down so you’re in a better state to think and make decisions. (Psst: If you own the Fitbit Charge 2 fitness tracker, hit the Relax mode which offers guided, personalised breathing sessions for two or five minutes.)

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  • 2. Plan a nice, healthy lunch
    3 / 6 2. Plan a nice, healthy lunch

    That one-hour of freedom you have in your 10-hour work day? Make the most out of it. For starters, stop lunching with company you don’t really enjoy. At least once a week, carve out me-time during lunch so you can eat or do whatever you like without having to compromise when lunching with others. Hate salads? Check out these super Insta-worthy and delicious lunch bowls that are just as healthy.

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  • 3. Take a walk
    4 / 6 3. Take a walk

    Walking is one of the easiest ways to unwind. Research has shown that it quietens the mind and releases tension, shifting your brain to a calmer state. Walking is great for weight loss too! Walk to your lunch spot and MRT station instead of taking the bus. Climb the stairs instead of using the lift when you have to meet someone on a different floor. Don’t dread walking to the printer or pantry in the office. Every step counts! If you have spare time after lunch, walk around and soak in the nature around you.

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  • 4. Steal a nap
    5 / 6 4. Steal a nap

    If you still have time to spare, head to the quietest spot you can find (or your office cubicle) and get some shuteye. Just 10 to 15 minutes of sleep is enough to dissipate a foul mood and recharge you for the remaining day!

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  • 5. Strike a warrior 2 pose
    6 / 6 5. Strike a warrior 2 pose

    This fundamental yoga pose is not called warrior for nothing. “Done properly, it will make you feel strong, empowered and confident. Do this before a big presentation or important meeting,” says Ekraj Gajurel, a yoga master and wellness consultant at The Andaman luxury resort in Langkawi. To do the warrior 2 pose: With feet wide apart and toes facing forward, turn right feet 90 degrees to the right and bend right knee at about 90 degrees. Feet should be firm on the ground. Stretch arms to sides at shoulder level and tighten core muscles. Look over right shoulder. Now you’re ready to rock the world!

    (Also read: 5 Ways to Make Stress Work For You)

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