Tagged With stress reduction

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Most of us suffer from work-related stress from time to time -- it's part of the human condition. While most instances of stress are manageable, others can seriously affect your overall health and well-being. This comprehensive flowchart breaks down all the things that contribute to stress; from sleeping habits to work deadlines.

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'Weightless' is an eight-minute relaxation track created by therapeutic sound therapist Lyz Cooper. According to a study by market research firm Mindlab International, it is capable of reducing the listener's anxiety and physiological resting levels. If you're feeling stressed about the start of a new work week, give it a burl.

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"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." This is the tagline to Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It's also the basic premise of "Go Home On Time Day", which is currently in its sixth year. So who's taking part this year? Anyone? Anyone?

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Each spring during breeding season, Australia's magpie population declares war on humans -- leading to a flurry of surprise attacks on unsuspecting cyclists and pedestrians. If the idea of getting pecked sets your heart racing, this iPhone app from a Lifehacker reader should help to reduce your stress levels.

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Napsounds is a repository of relaxing audio files designed for power napping. Every day a unique 20-minute track is generated in the electronic, classic, and nature sounds category. You can listen directly from the web site, download the track as an MP3, subscribe via RSS, or set iTunes to grab the track as a podcast. The tracks use a combination of neural linguistic programming, binaural beats, and white noise generation layered into the ambient sounds.

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Blogger Pamela Slim has a habit of writing during the quiet late-night hours, along with a sense that she can't write unless she's got a fat stack of Oreos next to her. Digging into the dieting tips of Martha Beck, she finds that her compulsive sweet tooth stems from the same place as her deadline anxieties. Her solution is to basically sit down and calmly think through why she's not doing that badly whenever the late-night longings pop up:The starved and frightened brain drives overeating and low metabolism. The calm and secure brain drives a very different set of biological motivators and consequences. In other words, when your brain is fixed, you eat less and burn off excess as heat, whereas the "famine brain" caused by stress and hunger- including dieting — really does make you consume more and store more as fat.

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The Dumb Little Man weblog's got his eye on your PC posture, and frankly, it's not all it could be. Not only can good posture improve your overall well-being, but from a productivity perspective, it can also help you stay fresh so you can work harder for a longer period of time without feeling the fatigue more common to your old hunched-over habits. To aid in the improvement of your PC posture, the post offers six stretches to get you sitting up straighter and taller at your computer. While you're at it, maybe it's time you fixed your overall workspace into a more healthy, usable setup. Improve Your 'Hunched over the PC' Posture

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Stressed out? Give yourself something to play with: a squeezable stress ball that you can use to release the tension within. The Organic Health Blog lists two recipes to create your own stress balls. The first requires a balloon and cornstarch. Pour cornstarch in your balloon and tie it closed. Viola—your stress ball has been created. The second recipe is a bit messier to prepare, as it requires a mixture of salt, flour, oil, cream of tartar, and water to create a dough-like substance. Once the dough is kneaded, stick a chunk of it inside a balloon. Then take a second balloon and mush some dough in there as well. Put the second balloon inside the first. Repeat this process with one or two more balloons to get a solid but squishy stress ball that you can even decorate when your creation is complete. Now you have a homemade stress ball with which you can squeeze your stress away.
Make Your Very Own Stress Ball

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Make it a goal this year to improve your posture by making changes to your approach towards ergonomics. If you feel any back pain, don't ignore it; address it. Every so often, stretch your tired muscles. When standing, distribute your weight evenly. Wear supportive footwear. Increase your awareness of your posture, even if you're not seated, so that you can instill good posture techniques. Regular exercise will also keep your body conditioned. Ensure that your office is equipped with chairs and desks that are posture friendly (since one desk doesn't necessarily fit all), and personalise your workspace by positioning your keyboard and monitor to fit your body type. If you want to build an ergonomic workstation from scratch, it's time to whip out the measuring tape to see if any adjustments need to be made.
10 Tips for Improving Posture and Ergonomics

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Productivity blog Zen Habits has a good article on how to make your day better, including this little gem: no matter how stressed you are, if you can get just one important thing done, you'll have had a successful day. When I say important, I mean things that will have a huge impact on your life (personally or career wise) over the long run. Not things that need to be done today or else. Here's why: If you get something important done, something that will help you in the long run (even if it's only a step towards a major accomplishment, it's important), you will feel great! You'll feel a sense of accomplishment. That makes any day a great day. What's your "important thing"? Thoughts in the comments. 10 Simple, Sure-fire Ways to Make Today Your Best Day Ever