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Blowing up at your boss will feel good for a few seconds - until you get fired. Here, some office-friendly alternatives to losing your cool.
Transcript: Here's an important office memo: Losing your cool at work could result in you losing your job. Don't...
Here's an important office memo: Losing your cool at work could result in you losing your job. Don't let your "last straw" moment be your last moment period. Next time you're about to flip out, try diaphragmatic breathing. Breathe in through your nose on a slow count of three. Focus on pushing your stomach out as you breathe in. Now, breathe out through your mouth on a slow count of six. This easy practice-which you should repeat several times, by the way-forces more oxygen through your body, leaving you calmer. The technique also forces your mind to focus on something other than whatever's causing you distress. Practiced effectively, diaphragmatic breathing may be all the job security you'll ever need!More »
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The quickest way to banish the blues is to make like Martha and redecorate. But not just any décor will do!
Transcript: Sure, it's perfect for roasting a burger on a summer's day-but can coal actually help banish the blues,...
Sure, it's perfect for roasting a burger on a summer's day-but can coal actually help banish the blues, as well? Up to 20 million Americans suffer from mild depression each year, and many of them report feeling blue while at work. Luckily, a few tweaks to your desk dcor can boost your mood. Get happy by borrowing a few pieces of charcoal from the grill and putting them in an open container on your desk.Coal releases negative ions, which are molecules that contain an extra electron. In nature, these particles are created by the sun, wind, and moving water. These ions cling to dirt and dust, weighing them down and causing them to settle, in turn filtering your air. Research has shown that this causes the body to release more "happy" hormones, like serotonin. And while you're at it, add a plant to your works place. Plants increase the levels of healthy oxygen around you, in turn upping positive feelings. Who knew that you'd ever ask Santa to skip the gifts and bring the coal?More »
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The right sandwich can boost your mood, and we're not joking. (Although a laugh can help in that area, too!)
Transcript: While clinical depression should be treated by a doctor, mild bouts of the blues can be treated by a...
While clinical depression should be treated by a doctor, mild bouts of the blues can be treated by a tuna sandwich! If it's one of those days where everything feels awful, maintain your sanity (and your job) by emulating your second-grade self and trading lunches. Try a tuna sandwich with spinach leaves on whole-wheat bread. Tuna is loaded with a type of polyunsaturated fat that encourages your nervous system to send "happy" chemicals through your body. Wheat bread is a complex carbohydrate that bolsters production of the hormone serotonin. And the spinach? It's high in folic acid, a mineral that has been found lacking in up to 50 percent of depressed people. If you're not a fan of spinach, you can substitute with a folic acid supplement. Try this blues-busting meal and you'll remember all over again why-once upon a time-lunch was the best part of the school day!More »
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