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THERE is an abun­dance of in­for­ma­tion on the In­ter­net on how to re­duce stress at work, but we sup­pose those who re­ally need it won’t have the time to go look­ing for it. So we’ve summed them up in five points right here:

1. Take care of your­self

We Malaysians are known for a par­tic­u­larly un­healthy way of life, so this is the first point we’d like to stress (pun in­tended). Eat right, sleep well, drink lots of wa­ter and al­ways, al­ways fit in some ex­er­cise time.

2. Or­gan­ise and pri­ori­tise!

Un­der­stand your role in the com­pany, know what your most im­por­tant roles are, and sched­ule your day ac­cord­ingly – that’s the ad­vice of busi­ness psy­chol­o­gist Dr Sharon Mel­nick on If you don’t pri­ori­tise and or­gan­ise your daily du­ties, you’ll cre­ate a cy­cle of un­pro­duc­tiv­ity and stress. If you need help or­gan­is­ing, try mo­bile apps like Teux Deux or Ever­note, or go to Bul­letJour­ for some great ideas on or­gan­is­ing your jour­nal ef­fec­tively.

3. Take a deep breath

If you’re feel­ing over­whelmed even af­ter all your or­gan­is­ing and pri­ori­tis­ing, Mel­nick says there’s only one thing to do – breathe. Clear your head by tak­ing a deep breath – in­hale for five sec­onds, hold it there for a mo­ment, and ex­hale through your nose. You’d be sur­prised what a dif­fer­ence it’ll make.

4. Break bad habits says to re­duce stress, you should iden­tify your bad habits, and make an ef­fort to change. It’s of­ten our own bad habits – like pro­cras­ti­nat­ing, or even be­ing too much of a con­trol freak – that cause us stress.

5. EQ is just as im­por­tant as IQ

Im­prov­ing your “Emo­tional In­tel­li­gence” plays an im­por­tant role in re­duc­ing work­place stress, ac­cord­ing There are two ways to do this. Num­ber one, learn to un­der­stand your own emo­tions, so you can avoid let­ting your feel­ings af­fect the way you work. Num­ber two, be self-aware, so you can avoid caus­ing un­nec­es­sary con­flict with your col­leagues.

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