5 Ways To Avoid Stress While Driving In Heavy Traffic

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Traffic stress can be very frustrating as one is stuck within the vehicle like a captive. Sitting behind the wheels and waiting for the traffic to move on can be extremely boring and emotionally stressful. Stuck in a traffic jam might mean getting late to work, missing an important meeting, to keep your date waiting or even missing a train or flight journey. The consequences themselves add further to the stress. Here are 5 ways to avoid or lessen traffic stress which will help to kill the time faster or in a better way: (more…)

5 Interesting Activities For A Perfect Weekend Relaxation

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Dreaming of a perfect relaxing weekend after working hard the whole week? Work out a simple plan for the upcoming weekend to make it blissful. You can choose from a variety of interesting activities that will relieve the stress of frantic work schedules. 5 such leisure ideas that will ensure a splendid weekend are: (more…)

6 Reasons Why Vacations Are Important For Stress-Free Work

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‘Rest is not idleness. To lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summers day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time’. This has rightly been quoted by Sir John Lubbock in his famous book ‘The Use of Life’. Time has become so precious these days that taking a break from work and vacationing becomes our last priority. A normal working day in today’s modern world is full of a variety of stresses, pressures and dissatisfactions. Monotonous weekly routines make us vulnerable to boredom at work. If that sounds like you, you ought to think of taking a break. Opting for a relaxing vacation is a good option as it will prepare you for a fresh start at work after you return. Here are 6 reasons why vacations are important for stress-free work: (more…)

7 Simple Ways To Be More Joyful And Blissful At Work!

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‘Do what you love or love what you do’- This is the basic rule that everyone needs to follow so that they enjoy their work. However, your workplace is not just about work and it involves people, machines, rules and office politics as well. This is the reason why most of us find it difficult to deal with Monday morning blues and office stress. Although there is no full-proof solution to deal with the office stress but there are some simple ways which can make working at your office a fun experience. (more…)

7 Stress Release Tips For Working Women

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Toiling hard to strike a chord of balance between work and home? Working women are usually undergoing various levels of occupational stress every day. Gender-specific job stressors, like difficulties in combining work with family or sex discrimination at work, lead to accumulation of negativity. Stress is increasingly becoming a common health hazard with a negative impact on the lives of working women. A working woman can follow these 7 easy tips to ease out the tension in her daily life:

1. Define Boundaries Between Work And Home

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Do you often end up carrying the burden of your work place till home? It is a common feeling to keep the thoughts of undone jobs of office, lingering in our mind till the next morning. This leaves us physically present but mentally absent at home. Make it a rule – whatever is the situation at work, you will keep it away from your mind once you are at home. Keep away the office phone, abstain from checking and replying back to e-mails every minute, avoid thinking out solutions to work issues for the next day. This will definitely give you more ‘quality’ time with family or friends at home.

2. Organise Your Day

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Stress is sometimes created by our own self. For instance, trying to race against time, but not getting the much needed document tenses you unnecessarily. If this sounds like you, you need to ‘organise’ yourself a bit. In order to seek relief from stress, it is a good practice to organise things beforehand. Small efforts to line up to-do-lists a day before can go a mile in saving you from the chaos. Simple things like keeping your desk clutter free, prioritising and executing the first things first and sorting out pending tasks in time, can offload you from the burden. You will feel more productive, and achieving deadlines assigned to you will be easier.

3. Exercise

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Why is it so important to put on those running shoes? Exercise releases endorphin – the hormone that fights stress. Working in and out from one day to the next can take a toll on our body and mind. As a working woman, it becomes all the more essential to squeeze out time for exercise in the super-busy schedule. 30 minutes of daily aerobic activity enhances physical and mental health of a working woman who is more prone to occupational health hazards than her male counterpart. It can be a refreshing swim in the pool, a ‘cardio’ workout in the gym, an early morning walk or jog, an energetic cycling session out in the sun, an enjoyable Zumba class or even a spiritual ‘Power Yoga’ session.

4. Switch To Humour

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Every now and then, try to ‘disengage’ from the working pressure and engage in some or the other form of humour. Once in a while, witty jokes can spread smiles across the office floor lightening up the boredom. At home or in break time, try to catch up with stand-up comedy shows on television or watch some latest funny spoof videos on you tube. Laugh it up loud if you feel like, as laughter is a great stress buster. Talk to friends who make you laugh. Sharing lighter moments with kids at the dining table can turn out to be one of the best moments of your entire day.

5. Foods That Eat Away Stress

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Omega-3 Fatty acids are the new-age stress busters, though they were sources of ‘good fat’ since ages. Flaxseed oil and fish oil are some of the richest dietary sources. Walnuts, ready-to-eat cereals, and broccoli are other vegetarian sources. If you are unable to introduce these things in your daily diet, feel free to pop in a daily capsule of the prescribed medicine. Wait and watch how it makes you happier and ready to face challenges at work every day. Here is some more good news if you have a charm for chocolates – Dark chocolate is good for stress relief. Cocoa has flavonols that actually help us in reacting to tensed situations better. So, go ahead and munch on!

6. Practice Yoga And Meditation

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Yoga and meditation go hand in hand in creating a stress-free life for you. Time and again, the advantages of these ancient practices have been proved in numerous studies. Besides disease control, Yoga and meditation, if practiced regularly, can teach us to calm down our perplexed minds. Our body gets trained in controlling negative thoughts, flying temper, bad temperaments and reactions to stressful circumstances. It also enhances flexibility of the body as well as the mind.

7. Pamper Yourself

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Do at least one thing to pamper yourself on a holiday. It could be a spa, a swim in the sea or pool, an unfinished novel, listening to your favourite collection of music, watching a full movie or anything else that leaves you happier and blissful. As a working woman, you tend to forget doing things for yourself. Time constraints are always present, and this is especially true if you are bringing up kids. In between this hectic schedule, women often tend to forget to take care of themselves. Do not wait for anyone else to do that. Step up and plan a shopping day if that’s what makes you relax.

As a working woman, fight the stress. It is easier said than done. But fighting stress with your own strategies is inevitable for your well being. So, believe in yourself and be in control of your lives, do not let stress control you.

5 Yoga Exercises For Stress Management

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Yoga is in practice for almost 5000 years and has been considered as a perfect art of living. It is just not a physical exercise, but a way of life through which you can control your body, mind and soul. The bible of Yoga,’ Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’ was penned down almost 2500 years ago.
You can now easily manage stress with the following yoga exercises. (more…)

7 Things To Remember When You Are Sad

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I know this is easier said than done. But, Sadness is not impossible to manage. It might be a really hard day going on, or one of those tough phases of life when everything is coloured grey. In EVERY circumstance, there is definitely a certain way that will make you feel better. Help yourself out of this loneliness by following these suggestions. Here are 7 things that you should try to do when you are feeling sad and low: (more…)

10 Ways To Avoid Stress At Home

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Whenever you feel a need to cope up with something, whenever you face a threat, you start to seek any potential defence mechanism and when you cannot find any, you get stressed. Nowadays, people are more stressed than they ever were. In order to curb the harmful effects of stress people are ready to pay huge sums of money to spiritual guides and psychiatrist. But why do that, when you can do some simple activities at home to control and even reduce the stress:

1. Listen To Your Favourite Music

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When you’re feeling overwhelmed by work or just need a release, the best way is to avoid getting too tensed is to take a break and listen to some music. It’s been found that clam music can have a positive effect on your mind and body. It lowers the cortisol level which the hormone linked to stress. Play some soothing classical music and if that’s not your taste, listen to sounds of the ocean and the nature. (more…)

Tips to Maintain a Healthier and Happier Workplace Environment

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While looking for a job, the thing we most often focus on is the take-home. It surely does matter the most. However, one of the most crucial factors which we repeatedly neglect is the work environment. A healthy, positive and cooperative environment is what enables the employee to hold on to the company and it further stimulates them to work harder. Moreover, most of us spend a huge amount of our time at our work places. The energies and the vibes at our work place definitely shape us and define us. A poor workplace not only hinders the productivity of the company but also cause stress and misery in the lives of the employees. On the other hand, positivity and zeal can accelerate the output and fertility of the company. (more…)