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On The Job: 5-Minute Stress Busters

10/12/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Let's be honest: Sometimes a day at work is just no fun, and the stress starts to take its toll. Your heart races, you break out in hives or a sweat, or you have a headache from all that silent screaming. Next time, try to head off that stress attack with these calming tricks from Kathleen Hall, PhD, founder and CEO of The Stress Institute.

Serenity break

Take time to tune out. Listen to your favorite music (bonus points if you have an office that allows you to sing or hum along, which increases the calming benefits). Trigger your own slide show of favorite photos. Some people also find that it's very soothing to meditate or repeat a mantra, such as "All is well in my life," Hall says. If all else fails, dab calming lavender aromatherapy oil on your pulse points.

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