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4 tools to reduce anxiety and stress

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The workplace of the 21st century comes with its own fair share of additional stresses in comparison to yesteryear. The various methods of communication means we aren’t able to get a break from one email to the next, and an over-reliance on social media means that people are now developing additional stresses, including a fear of missing out (FOMO), which means that we never embrace downtime or relaxation properly. The pressures of home life in addition to the workplace can be a breeding ground for anxiety and stress. The next time you start to feel anxious, give one or a combination of these methods a try.

Meditation

This is always a good place to start if you are looking for some serenity and a way to calm internal chatter. Meditation doesn’t have to be the cliched sitting cross legged while listening to some tape of monks chanting! All you need is a quiet space where you can’t be distracted, and ten minutes of your time to close your eyes and focus on your breathing. You will find that when you start you won’t be able to focus for ten minutes at all, and this is fine. The peace and quiet alone could be enough to give you that calm you’ve been after all day. Practise it every day, and you will start to see improvements in your focus and overall composure.

Positive self talk

It isn’t just reserved for athletes and for self help people like Tony Robbins, it is something you can do to build up the positive reserves in yourself. Here’s a fact, the your brain cannot tell the difference between reality and fiction, and if you can talk yourself into a negative state by worrying and thinking about the bad things, then the opposite can be attained too! So if you tell yourself everyday that you are amazing, your brain will slowly start to believe that. Doing self talk every morning in the car on the way to work, over a long period of time, you will start to believe it!

Yoga

One that has been proven to relax you and strengthen you at the same time! The zen like practice of yoga, doing slow and controlled movements to awaken your “chi” while breathing in certain patterns has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. While the exercise you are indulging in (or any exercise for that matter) is recommended by doctors for depression and stress as it helps you sleep well.

Ultimately stress is an issue that we all have to deal with in the workplace, whether it is having interpersonal discussions, or liaising with companies like World Patent Marketing or Microsoft, having the tools to control your stress and anxiety will give you the springboard to be happier in the workplace.

Binaural beats

This may be one you have not heard of. There has been research into the frequency of certain brain waves in relation to certain tasks. Playing certain brainwave frequencies have resulted in increased ability to perform better from concentration and focus, to learning languages, and for helping anxiety. There are many free sessions online.

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