Q: How can I relieve stress while at work?

A: Sometimes we feel stress at work is inevitable but rest assured, there is help. Relieving stress at work can actually begin before your arrival. Before going to work, think about your day – balance your schedule, maybe arrive a little earlier, do not over commit yourself and schedule small breaks.

While at work, here are techniques you can use when you feel stress:

  1. Take a few slow deep breaths and quietly say “I am” as you breathe in and “at peace” as you breathe out. Repeat this breathing technique a few more times until you feel relaxed.
  2. Inhale deeply and shrug your shoulders, lifting them high up to your ears. Hold. Release and drop. Repeat three times.
  3. Lastly, try changing your posture – sit up straight. “Your posture influences psychology and that influences behavior,” says Andy Yap, a post doctoral associate and lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Yap conducted experiments and found that when we sit in tight, contracted positions — like squeezed into a too-small seat or hunched over our phone — we feel more stressed and less powerful. “Power buffers you from stress,” he says.

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