Okay, a decade at the office coalface can’t hold a candle to 10 years down an actual mine (see: Zoolander) but work stress can feel as crushing as a tunnel collapse. Scientists in Canada found career perfectionists have a 51 per cent increased risk of early death compared to their laissez-faire peers. So unearth a healthier working week.
6.30 AM Throw your fists
No, not at your line manager. Instead, Chinese researchers discovered busting out two hours of tai chi a week improves blood pressure enough to reduce your stroke risk by up to 41 per cent and heart disease by 22 per cent.
8.15 AM Dress to impress
The dapper dons at Northwestern University found a uniform encourages men to pay closer attention to their work. To take the sting out of shopping, The Iconic can outfit you in a smart shirt and trousers for $100 (theiconic.com.au).
12.40 PM Get hands-on
The simple act of squeezing reduces work stress, say researchers in Japan. Don’t hug your knees as you sob on the staircase – grip a medicine ball as you work through a set of lunchtime twists.
6 PM Head for home
According to a study by researchers at Stanford University, your productivity plummets if you’re ratcheting up more than 50 hours in the office each week. Clock off while the sun’s up; it’s an investment in your future.
EVERYDAY Aim for the top
Yep, Harvard research shows occupants of the corner office have lower levels of cortisol in their systems. Power brings its own stresses, but it’s outweighed by a sense of control. One day…