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Workplace Stress

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  • Kick Workplace Stress Out the Window

    Kick Workplace Stress Out the Window

     

    Stress enters our lives from any number of places, relationships and situations, but the most common source is the workplace. If you’re feeling frazzled and stressed out at just the thought of heading into the office, there are some things you can do to kick that stress out the window. While there’s no surefire way to remove workplace stress completely (that would require you to work in a vacuum), there are quite a few steps you can take to at least minimize the situation.

     

    Caffeine

    If you’re like most of us, your blood is really 90% coffee. However, experts have determined that’s actually a huge contributor to workplace stress. While coffee (and other sources of caffeine) certainly give you that jolt to get you going in the morning, the situation is more complicated. You get an adrenaline boost, but caffeine suppresses your body’s natural relaxant production (a chemical called adenosine). This automatically makes you more susceptible to stress. Cut out the coffee (or at least cut down your consumption).

     

    Get Out of the Office for Lunch

    If you’re one of those who hangs around the office for your lunch break, you’ll find a lot of benefits in getting outside for a bit. You might consider eating lunch out, or if you can’t afford to or prefer to pack your lunch for health benefits, eat it outside on the grounds of the business. Getting fresh air and sunshine, plus putting a little distance between you and the job, can do wonders for your stress levels.

     

    Take Breaks and Stretch

    A lot of emotional stress is actually brought on by physical stimulus. If you spend most of your day hunched over a computer, make time to get up and stretch throughout the day. Most experts recommend getting up and taking a break about once per hour. Walk around the office, up and down the stairs, or just around your desk a few times. You’ll get your blood flowing and heart rate up, and that can do a lot of good for your stress levels. You should also take mini breaks (20 seconds per 20 minutes of typing, for instance).

     

    Vitamins

    A lot of the stress you’re feeling might not be due to external forces, but to something that your body’s missing. Vitamin C and B vitamins have been proven to reduce anxiety. Invest in a good multivitamin that contains high levels of vitamin C and all the B vitamins, and you might be surprised at just how much better you feel on a daily basis without having to do anything else.

     

    Exercise

    Physical exercise is one of the best ways to beat stress (both physical and emotional). Physical exercise encourages your body to release endorphins, which automatically elevate your mood and make you feel better. Plus, there’s always the benefit of better physical health to be had as well.

    Beating workplace stress is as simple as following these brief tips and making a few necessary changes in your daily routine.

     

     

    Sources:

    http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/workplace-stress.aspx

    http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/beat_work_stress/Dump_the_Coffee.php

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