Time Out helps you live a more enjoyable life. Out latest feature, created with help of Dubai health experts, is five fun ways to get rid of stress
Time Out Dubai staff
Eat cake While a nutritionist might not recommend an emergency sugar intake during a moment of stress, eating a piece of your favourite cake or chocolate bar will release happy hormones. According to the Medical Wellness Association (among many other studies), serotonin, a mood-modulating neurotransmitter, is produced after the intake of chocolate. Serotonin is a happy hormone, just so you know.
In a 2012 paper for Journal of Consumer Research, ambient noise was found to boost creativity (loud music, however, was shown to do the opposite), while other studies have found a greater connection between listening to your favourite music and productivity levels.
Watch a cat video It’s well documented that being around animals can significantly reduce stress – and in 2011, research by Harvard Medical School proved that extends to the workplace. If you don’t have an office pet, watch a video of cute cats instead – there are more than two million of them on YouTube, totalling almost 30 billion views – which has also been shown to boost energy and happiness levels.
Rant about it Certainly don’t rant to your boss or colleagues, but you shouldn’t just talk to your mum or best friend, either. The American Psychological Association says that a professional psychologist will “recognise behaviour or thought patterns objectively, more so than those closest to you who may have stopped noticing – or maybe never noticed”. Maybe it’s time to let it all out to the pros.
Take ten Many a psychologist will tell you to think before you speak, especially if you find yourself clenching at an email you just received at work. A famous piece of philosophy from renowned Austrian psychiatrist, neurologist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl said, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” So before hitting “reply all”, take a break from your desk to consider the long-term consequences of a knee-jerk reaction.
Four more ways to find zen
Master this art specifically to improve wealth, career and prosperity in this one-day course at Illuminations. Dhs50. Mon May 23, 7pm-9pm. 409, Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T, JLT (04 448704304 4487043).
Mix and match any two 30-minute treatments and get a voucher for 30 minutes of reflexology, free. From Dhs400 (140 minutes). Until May 31. Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 681804 366 6818).
Osho Kundalini Meditation
Let go of inhibitions and take part in this session at Miracles, which will see you dancing and shaking to “melt your rock-like being”. Dhs40. May 21, 7.30pm-8.30pm. 306, Icon Tower, TECOM (04 363 930704 363 9307).
Salsa for the soul
James & Alex Dance Studios has launched higher level salsa classes, because dancing is good for the soul. Dhs65 per class. Tue 9pm. 813 and 814 Concord Tower, Dubai Media City (04 447 077304 447 0773).