Bust the stress

Ex­ces­sive work pres­sure and long work­ing hours can be fa­tal. Here are ways to re­lax, and keep ail­ments at bay

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Leisure - Soumya Va­j­payee Ti­wari ■ soumya.va­j­payee@hin­dus­tan­times.com

In our fast-paced lives, many of us don’t re­alise how se­ri­ously stress can af­fect our well­ness. As a re­sult, we of­ten over­look the im­por­tance of keep­ing it un­der check. “Stress is not an overnight phe­nom­e­non; it builds over time. If you are ob­ser­vant, you can no­tice the signs that lead to a burnout. You should not ig­nore deep feel­ings of dis­sat­is­fac­tion, and a creep­ing sense of hope­less­ness. It could turn into phys­i­cal and men­tal ail­ments,” says Dr Ajit Menon, in­ter­ven­tional car­di­ol­o­gist.

In or­der to stay calm and stress-free, here are a few tips that can help:

Be re­al­is­tic:

You should re­alise that work is only a part of your life. The com­pany will sur­vive even with­out you, but you need to be able to sur­vive in the ab­sence of the com­pany. So, strike a bal­ance.

Do what you like:

In many cases, peo­ple work over long pe­ri­ods in jobs, which are mis­aligned with their skills, in­ter­ests or val­ues. In­tro­spect on what gives you more sat­is­fac­tion and pur­sue that vo­ca­tion.

Work in mod­er­a­tion:

Work­ing for long hours, six days a week, can make you feel spent. Take a break, travel, do yoga, and per­form breath­ing ex­er­cises to change the way you feel. Make sure you make time ev­ery day for an ac­tiv­ity you love.

Limit stuff on your plate:

Many pro­fes­sion­als over­com­mit, ei­ther be­cause they are too am­bi­tious or be­cause they can­not say no to their su­per­vi­sors. Be re­al­is­tic and de­velop the courage to say no.

De­velop bet­ter think­ing skills:

Be­ing driven by per­fec­tion and pes­simism can push you to the brink. Strive for ex­cel­lence, not

per­fec­tion.

Bring ex­er­cise to the work­place:

In­clude phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity in your work­ing sched­ule. Take the stairs if pos­si­ble, ex­er­cise or go for a walk dur­ing your lunch breaks.

Breathe:

Re­lax­ation does not only mean go­ing on a va­ca­tion. The best way to re­lax is to fo­cus on your breath­ing. At work, try to close your eyes, and breathe deeply ev­ery four to five hours for two min­utes.

Phys­i­cal ex­er­cise:

To de-stress your eyes, close them and pinch your eye­brows, start­ing from the cen­tre of the fore- head and mov­ing to­wards the end of the eye­brows. You can also mas­sage your fore­head. Long work­ing hours also im­pose stress on your shoul­der mus­cles. Ev­ery two-three hours, take a deep breath, shrug your shoul­ders up to your ear and drop them down. Also, do some neck ex­er­cises by look­ing up and down, and side­ways ev­ery two hours.

Me time:

Take days off from work, and go on a short va­ca­tion. And while you are away, keep in­ter­rup­tions such as phones or lap­tops at bay.

Also try lim­it­ing your in­dul­gence in al­co­hol and smok­ing.

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