Getting a lot of stress at work? Trust me, you are not the only one. More and more people become stressed out at work on a daily basis, and while this stress is becoming common, it is not healthy at all. Stress can impact your health in a negative manner and cause you to develop a lot of conditions that you would have otherwise not gotten. However, the good thing is that you can manage and tune out work stress by focusing on a few simple steps with due diligence. The steps are as follows:
1. Unplug After A Long Day
Media such as TV, smartphone usage, and the internet is one of the biggest contributors to stress. Therefore, it is important that you reduce the time that you spend on these media channels by a significant amount. You can do this by making sure that you do not use these avenues right after work and when you do use them, then you strictly keep a check on how much time you are spending on these channels. You can also consider doing a full media cleanse over the weekend where you stay away from it at all costs.
2. Eat Stress Reducing Foods
There are certain foods that help in reducing stress levels and you can consider carrying them with you at work. These include dark chocolate, citrus fruits, and omega 3 fatty acids.
Exercise is a great way to help prevent or reduce your stress levels. The best part is that there are many types of high and low energy exercises that you can easily get involved in, either before or after work. Some examples include running, yoga, swimming, Pilates, Tai Chi, spinning, and dancing.
4. Give Sufficient Time To Sleep
Lack of adequate sleep results in heart problems, lowered immunity, as well as feelings of depression and anxiety. Try sleeping as early as possible and make sure to take power naps during the day in case you did not get sufficient sleep. Remember that you do not need caffeine in the afternoons if you have had coffee in the morning. Reducing your amount of caffeine will help you sleep better at night. Additionally, limit you overall exposure to social media and TV to achieve better sleep.
5. Seek Help
If you are being overwhelmed with work stress and are unable to manage it, then there is nothing wrong with asking for help. You can talk to your colleagues, your family, or even a support group. Since humans are social beings, it is better to share your feelings instead of keeping them hidden deep within you. Sharing alone will help relieve a lot of stress and make you feel better.
These are great ways for reducing stress, and following them will help you become a lot more productive. Note that if a majority of your work stress is caused by a negative boss or employee, then you need to handle the situation in a slightly different manner.
A Selection of Stress Quotes
“It is fine to be committed to work, but our minds need time to recover and our bodies need to move.” ~ Annika Sorensen
“A mind that is racing over worries about the future or recycling resentments from the past is ill equipped to handle the challenges of the moment. By slowing down, we can train the mind to focus completely in the present. Then we will find that we can function well whatever the difficulties. That is what it means to be stress-proof: not avoiding stress but being at our best under pressure, calm, cool, and creative in the midst of the storm.” ~ Eknath Easwaran
“By simply braking down the task into more manageable pieces much can be accomplished in a year.” ~ Annika Sorensen
“We must dare to be true to ourselves – to see ourselves as we really are.” ~ Annika Sorensen
“Great leaders catch and correct problems while they’re still small and able to be managed without a lot of hassle. If ignored too long, small problems will morph into much bigger issues that will require more time and effort and at a high cost, causing a great deal of disruption and stress.” ~ Beth Ramsay
“You are not stress…you are experiencing stress. You are not anxiety…you are experiencing anxiety. You are not fear…you are experiencing fear. You can recognize the fact that you are not your emotions and simply accept the experience of that emotion and move right through it.” ~ Mike Basevic
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