Tips to staying sane at work

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Most Filipinos believe their job or studies is their top source of stress.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Let's face it: unless you really, really like your job, work is often a necessary evil.

To make the money to pay the bills and buy the things you need and want, you may often face piles of paperwork, kilometric spreadsheets, lots of field work, overbearing bosses, annoying clients and overtime work that seems to run into eternity.

But work need not feel like daily drudgery. Here are some tips on how to keep your head above water at your job:

1. Eat and drink well.

No, this isn't to encourage you to gorge yourself at an all-you-can-eat buffet or to guzzle a bottle of vodka like an athlete gulps a bottle of Gatorade.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) recommends implementing a healthy eating program made by everyone in the workplace that not only encourages people to eat better, but also to understand and manage their weight and body image.

The group also said typical office food, such as chips, donuts, chocolate bars and cookies, could be substituted for healthier alternatives like juice, bagels, fresh fruit and yogurt.

The CCOHS said eating healthy reduces risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer, elevates mood, energy and self-esteem, and reduces anxiety and stress.

2. Move your body.

No, this isn't a permit for you to have a dance showdown in your office, fun as that sounds.

For jobs that involve a lot of time sitting in front of a computer, moving around is a great relief to eyestrain and body pain, especially in the back.

Wellness site Prevention lists a variety of exercises that you could do on your chair, such as circling your arms, extending your legs and even doing obliques.

It also helps to walk around your office once in a while to get your blood flowing and, more importantly, to get your eyes off of your computer for a few minutes.

3. Talk to your officemates.

This doesn't sound like a way to be productive at the office, but interacting with your colleagues (when you're all not too busy) could be a great boon.

According to Reader's Digest, among the 13 ways to be a better co-worker include showing genuine interest in your co-workers' lives, asking their opinion of your work and to spread good cheer.

Apart from developing better relationships with them, conferring with your officemates could also allow you to discuss and solve workflow issues at work.

In addition, talking to them face-to-face is a great way to rest your eyes from the glare of a computer monitor.

4. No multi-tasking.

Multi-tasking may be a great skill to boast about when applying for work, but it surprisingly doesn't help when you're actually at work.

According to, you not only end up stressing yourself out over a hundred half-baked assignments instead of fully finishing one, but you are also more likely to make a mistake.

The site instead recommends grouping and finishing similar batches of tasks.

5. Have a life outside the office.

This may sound like stating the obvious, but it's worth repeating that you need to have an activity that cannot be sullied by thoughts of your work.

These could range from playing video games at home, hanging out with your friends or even high-impact activities like working out at the gym or attending dance classes.

In fact, the Harvard Business Review said working out helps greatly in dealing with the grind at work through: improved concentration, sharper memory, faster learning, prolonged mental stamina, enhanced creativity and lower stress.