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Working chance

In this difficult economy, you probably find it harder than ever to cope with challenges on the job.

health and fitness Updated: Feb 27, 2010 17:10 IST
Shikha Sharma

WellnessIn this difficult economy, you probably find it harder than ever to cope with challenges on the job. Both the stress you take with you when you go to work, as well as the stress that awaits you on the job are on the rise – and employers, managers, and workers feel it all the time.



While some stress is normal, it can interfere with your productivity and reduce your physical and emotional health when it becomes excessive. So it’s important to find ways to keep it under control.



What you eat and drink at the workplace has a significant impact on your health. Most people eat at least one meal at work each day. With some planning, and out of the box thinking, you can make an eating plan that supports your optimal health.



Here’s how to stay healthy and remain stress-free



Eat light meals and snacks during work hours. Choose small amounts of easily digestible food. This promotes alertness and reduces digestive concerns.



Drink water and herbal teas; limit caffeine and sugary drinks.



Choose foods that are not fried, and look for hidden fat in snacks. Choose snacks that contain fibre, such as nuts, vegetables, and dried and fresh fruits.



Do not work non-stop, especially if you have a desk job. Get up at least once an hour. If you work on a computer, wash your eyes every 30 to 45 minutes to give them sufficient rest. Also, blink your eyes several times.



Take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator. This will keep your system in good shape.



Stress at work is a new phenomenon. The nature of work has changed over the last century and is still changing. Work-related stress affects the health of organisations. One way to reduce stress is to focus on your breathing for 5-10 minutes a day. This will relax your body and strengthen your mind. Maintaining physical and mental stamina at work is important. The following techniques can be done anywhere, providing an ideal mid-day rejuvenation.

Deep breathing

Ujjayi breathing

Alternate nostril breathing



Here are some long-term stress-avoidance tips:



Avoid giving in to alcohol, smoking or other substance abuse while under stress.



Develop a positive attitude towards stressful situations. Give up negative tendencies such as fear, anger, revengeful attitudes that actually germinate stress.



If you practice all of this, you will remain healthy and stress-free.