Stress is a part of everyday life. At home and at work, we encounter stressors that take many forms; some we can see coming, others are more insidious. It is easy to recognize stress at work when the boss calls you into the office for a frank discussion about performance issues or when the workload unexpectedly doubles. At home, the kids require constant attention and dinner has not been planned. Instead of relaxing with the family tonight, your new workload demands attention before tomorrow. While these are simple things that are a part of everyday life, they very often contribute to an increase in the overall anxiety level. According to the CDC’s NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Blog, more than 30% of workers report high levels of workplace stress.
Whether at work or at home, stress can lead to a myriad of physical and psychological problems including depression, weight gain, substance abuse, and fatigue. Fortunately, there are ways to cope with stress both at work and at home. Here are five ways to cut down on tension:
Studies have shown that moderate, or even light, exercise can reduce stress by releasing a load of endorphins. Endorphins are released by the brain to make you feel good. Taking a short walk or even mild physical activity in the office can help.
All that extra work on your desk just has to get done. However, it does not have to be a mess. Simply by prioritizing tasks and organizing the steps into a cohesive plan can mitigate the extra stress.
It’s no secret that certain foods contain natural elements to help the human body deal with stress and illness. Consuming foods high in vitamin c and antioxidants can relieve stress at work and at home. Stock up on orange and grapefruit juices, as well as strawberries.
Aromatherapy isn’t just for yogi and new age types. According to Web MD, scents including lavender and rosemary can reduce tension.
Get out your iPod and put on some feel good music! Singing along can reduce stress by refocusing your brain and releasing endorphins (Just be sure to close the door first).
If you are work or at home, you can effectively cope with stress by utilizing a few common sense, proven techniques that can be performed just about anywhere.