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ANYTIME YOU FEEL THE PRESSURE BUILDING IN THE WORKPLACE TURN TO THESE IDEAS

A recent Australian workplace survey has revealed 73 per cent of workers are feeling stressed about work. The survey, entitled Workplace Wellbeing, conducted by not-for-profit HR think tank Reventure, revealed that a huge proportion of us are under pressure. Here's some ways to relieve workplace anxiety.

BLUE LIGHT THERAPY According to research, blue lighting accelerates the relaxation process after acute psychosocial stress in comparison to conventional white lighting. Acute psychosocial stress can happen, for example, when someone pressures you to finish a task to a deadline. Next time you're under the gun, pull out the blue light (there are many on the market including the Philips goLITE BLU Energy Light, see fishpond.com.

ZEN MAGNETS Squeezing a stress ball is so yesterday. Now you can release your stress through a Zen Magnet set. These clusters of hypnotising silver orbs can be crushed together and mad* into cool shapes to your heart's delight. The bonus is, they look impressive on your desk too, though they should strictly be for the office and not around the family, the small magnets can be hazardous if swallowed. zenmagnets.com

EXERCISE IN A GROUP We all know that it clears the head to go for a walk or even a run at lunch time but if you really want to release stress then organise some group fitness. A recent study published in The Journal Of The American Osteopathic Association found working out in a group lowers stress by 26 percent, while those who exercise individually put in more effort but experienced no significant change in their stress level.'The communal benefits of coming together with friends and colleagues, and doing something difficult, while encouraging one another, pays dividends beyond exercising alone,' said Dayna Yorks, lead researcher on this study.

PET THERAPY Google and Amazon know the benefits of pets in the office, they allow employees to bring their dogs to work. Empirical evidence supports the notion that dogs may provide social support, improve performance, and increase social interactions in the workplace. In one study of the effects of dogs in the workplace on employees' self reported stress, those who did not bring dogs to work had significantly higher perceived stress than employees who did.

DON'T SAY THE S WORD 'Just saying that you're stressed can set off a cascade of chemicals in the body - epinephrine and cortisol - and neurotransmitters in the brain that make us feel completely stressed out,' says author and clinical psychotherapist Seth Swirsky. Instead of automatically saying you feel stressed out, experts recommend you try to frame it in a positive way. Try something like this: 'I'm up against it this week, but I know I will get there in the end.'