TAKE A POWER BREAK
To function at your best, you need to set aside time for yourself every 90 minutes, says psychophysiologist Dr Nerina Ramlakhan. And it doesn’t have to be costly! TRY: THE ONE-MINUTE SHAKE OUT Stand up, get set, and shake every single part of your body as vigorously as you can. “Physically shake off all the tension and worries that have accumulated in your body. Intensity is the key to this exercise,” says life coach Fu Shihua. TRY: 5555 BREATHING “5555 means you take five breaths of five counts in, five counts out, five times a day upon waking, before meals and before bed,” says Dr Mark Hyman, author of The UltraMind Solution ($30.29, from Books Kinokuniya). “This calms and re-energises you naturally.” TRY: DRAWING “Start doodling about the things that’s causing the stress. Draw the most stressful thing on the biggest paper, and the least stressful on the smallest. Then handle each one starting from the biggest. This gives you back all the energy you need for the rest,” says Shihua. TRY: GETTING ON YOUR BIKE … especially if you have trying guests coming. Just 20 minutes of cycling – whether stationary or outside – or a brisk walk can lead to a mood improvement that can last 12 hours! It seems exercise really is the gift that keeps on giving.