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How to avoid stress at workplace

There’s no reason to stress over stress. Be patient and all will be well. Every day my clients come to the gym with a whole lot of things on their shoulders. Everything is all about work. If it’s not about that, it’s about domestic situations.

health and fitness Updated: Sep 17, 2011 17:43 IST
Deanne Panday

Every day my clients come to the gym with a whole lot of things on their shoulders. Everything is all about work. If it’s not about that, it’s about domestic situations.

I used to be like that myself – always upset about something. Then, years ago, I made a choice. Either I’d let these small things upset me or I’d ignore them. Many things in my life are still annoying, but I don’t let them bother me.



It takes time and patience to reach this state of mind. But I’ve been working in fitness for around 18 years now, and I’ve learned that stress affects everything. If you’re unwell, it aggravates the problem. If you’re healthy, it can make you unwell. You can deal with stress. It takes time, but it can be done.



StressHere are four steps to a stress-free state:

# 1 MAKE A CHOICE
Many things are too small to get upset about, yet we let them get to us. This is about how you perceive things, so you can choose to get upset about something or choose to ignore it. It isn’t easy. You have to train your mind to get stronger and that doesn’t happen easily because we don’t have patience. But the decision is yours. Develop patience or choose to be a sick person.

# 2 SLOW DOWN
Everything is too fast paced these days. And our bodies are not built to cope with this pace. During a beauty pageant a few years ago, I realised that some of the girls I worked with had osteoporosis – weak bones. These girls were 18-19 years old. Osteoporosis usually strikes when you’re much older. But that’s what happens when you don’t have the patience to look after yourself properly, or when you want to lose seven or eight kilos in a month. No wonder even young people are having heart attacks these days. These are signs that the body cannot cope.

# 3 READ UP
We are intelligent, but fitness-wise, we’re like guinea pigs, always experimenting with fad diets and exercise plans. We need to know what we’re doing to ourselves, to our health.

# 4 BREATHE
That’s the simplest way to achieve patience. Breathe. When you’re hyper, you tend to stop breathing. What does that mean? It means that oxygen is not reaching your brain. When you send oxygen to your brain, you feel calmer. That’s why a rest period is called ‘a breather’. So when you’re stressed, concentrate on your breathing. Get oxygen to your brain. Taking the time to do that will help you build up patience. You won’t be stressed.

— As told to Kushalrani Gulab

(Deanne Panday is a celebrity fitness expert and the author of I’m Not Stressed: Secrets for a Calm Mind and a Healthy Body)

From HT Brunch, September 18

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