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It’s 8 a.m. and you are getting ready for work. A quick mental checklist of all the things that you need to get done today and you release one, single, long deep breath. Your day hasn’t even begun and it already seems endless with meetings, reviews, calls, presentations, emails and then some. Not surprisingly, you will feel anxious and edgy at work, after all, there’s so much to do and not enough time, right?

Yes, it’s true, but take a deep breath because melting into a pool of panic is not the solution. The truth is, as and when you climb the corporate ladder, work will get stressful and hectic but it’s important to stay on top of everyday situations. And that begins with controlling your anxiety.

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Easier said than done? Not really. Just practice these 3 simple habits every day to feel like you’re the one in charge – and not your bundle of nerves.

Stay Away from Coffee

Yes, coffee is the ultimate pick-me-up beverage but it also increases cortisol in the blood, which is basically the stress hormone. Not to forget, coffee dries you out, which in turn will exhaust you way sooner than you expect.   

Tip: Instead of the 4 pm coffee, a cup of chamomile tea will calm your nerves. Besides, it is scientifically proven to reduce anxiety.  

Invest in An Adult Coloring Book

Adult coloring books are quite the rage these days because of its therapeutic value. Designed in great detail, the purpose of these books is to help you relax and focus at the same time and it always helps to take some time off from staring at a computer screen.

Tip: Pick an intricately designed book to challenge your artistic side and carry it everywhere! It’s basically relaxation on the go.

Check out these gorgeous colouring books which are perfect for adults.

Listen to Calming Music

The brain is like a drunk monkey when stressed, and can be super difficult to tame unless you are practicing to be a Buddhist monk while working on Excel. Specially at work, the brain is on hustle mode; so yes, it cracks under pressure sometimes. On days you are feeling too overwhelmed, switch off your regular music and put on a soothing meditation track.

Tip: Just like your body, your brain needs to relax as well. So, besides listening to some calming tunes, don’t forget to practice deep breathing. 

Not sure what to listen to? Try this super relaxing playlist.

After all, work will always be a stress trigger, but it’s important that you focus on the bigger picture, and in this case, that includes your sanity. So, go ahead and take charge – you are doing just fine.

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