5 Easy Ways to De-Stress at Work
Deepak Chopra, fitness expert Tracy Anderson and yoga expert Tara Guber reveal the best ways to relieve office worries in 10 minutes flat.
1 | STOP HATING ON YOUR CO-WORKERS
"Take five minutes to check in with yourself and see if you are being collaborative in the office. Stress feeds on negativity -- get rid of it," recommends fitness expert Tracy Anderson, co-creator with Gwyneth Paltrow of the new AOL web series The Restart Project.
2 | PRETEND YOU'RE ONLY VISITING YOUR CRAZY OFFICE
"In the lunatic asylum of everyday existence, you can either be an inmate or you can pick up your visitor's badge and remember that you get to leave at the end of the day. I actually sometimes wear a badge in my pocket just to remind myself," says Deepak Chopra, author of What Are You Hungry For? The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul.
3 | PAUSE A BEAT BEFORE ANSWERING THE PHONE
"When the phone rings, let it ring three times. Put the pause button in your consciousness. Take three deep breaths. Then smile and pick it up with full awareness. The response on the other end will be influenced by your state of awareness," says Chopra.
4 | REMEMBER WHO REALLY LOVES YOU
"Feeling a connection with those we love gives us both pleasure and affirming purpose. Take a moment to close your eyes, smile and connect with them -- you will feel their loving energy flow into you," advises yoga expert Tara Guber, author of the 2012 book Contact Yoga.
5 | PUT THE WORRIES ON PAPER
"Get it out of your head. Something I use every day is Purged Emotional Writing: For 12 minutes I write whatever is in my head, and then I burn the paper. Even if you do it for five minutes, it will help," says Anderson.
This story first appeared in the Jan. 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.