It’s natural to experience moments of stress with high workloads and impossible colleagues or bosses. While storming out of the office in response may not be the wisest thing to do, you can instead implement responsive measures to help you stay calm, cool and collected throughout the day.

So next time you feel stressed out:
1. Take deep breaths: Breathe. Yes, believe it or not, taking deep breaths can help to relax you. It not only lowers your heart rate, but reduces your blood pressure which counters the effects of stress. Here’s how it works. Sit up straight, close your eyes and inhale deeply with hands on your belly. Imagine the air going through your nose and abdomen, before you exhale.

2. Watch something funny: Laughter is good medicine for the soul. So watch a funny YouTube video or read a comedy. You’re guaranteed to loosen up and see things lightly, reducing your stress levels.

3. Get organised: Stress is usually associated with a cluttered mind and space. Take time out to make a things-to-do list and tidy up your surroundings. Day planners are handy tools that help make life a lot easier when committed to them.

4. Talk to someone: Feeling stressed? Take time out to chat with a colleague or perhaps vent about how stressed you are. Social interaction helps you get a fresh perspective on things, making you see that the situation is really not as bad.

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