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5 Tips for Reducing Work Stress

Whether you hold a full-time job or work as a freelancer, work from an office or work from home, stress is a reality that every working professional must inevitably deal with. As the work culture becomes increasingly complicated and employees are expected to work more for less, it is more important than ever to find your emotional refuge.

Relax. If you have been suffering from work stress overload,

just enlist these simple tips for a quick fix.


  • Listen to music: If your workplace permits listening to music during working hours, plug-in the headphones and tune in for some light, acoustic music. Not only does relaxing music ease your brain by removing stress but can also offer much-needed motivation necessary to complete the tasks at hand. Classical symphonies, relaxing OSTs, and acoustic sound work wonders.

  • Take a break: With constant pressure coming from the weight of the world around us, it is quite easy to feel bogged down and depressed. One must break away from work life occasionally, even if it sounds implausible. This will provide a fresh perspective on how to get things done, which is essential for career growth and success. Do not be afraid to take a break and go somewhere you always wanted to go.

  • Smile and laugh a lot: Before you brand us ‘crazy’ for advising you to laugh for no reason, hear us out. Science has found that one’s mental health and brain function are inter-connected to facial expressions. When people feel stressed, tension is held within facial muscles; so, smiles and laughs can relieve some of that held tension to help you feel relaxed.

  • Exercise: No, we are not suggesting abandonment of work duties to visit the gym for a 40-minute work-out session. All that is necessary is simple stretches intermingled with work hours for you to feel refreshed and relaxed. Go for a 10-minute walk, increase your cardio levels, or simply dance when no one is looking to return peace of mind.

  • Call in social support: Working, especially from home, can become very lonely at times due to lack of social interaction with co-workers. In this case, it is always a good choice to call a friend and share your feelings and concerns. Involving friends and family within regular work schedules can help improve focus, relieve stress, develop trust, and benefit you on several levels.

Do not create more stress for yourself by overthinking every situation. Develop these simple guidelines the next time you become stressed and experience the difference.

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