Chronic work-related stress is unfortunately common in the United States. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), 65% of Americans cited work as their top source of stress in 2012. What’s more, only 37% of Americans in the same survey said they were good at handling their work-related stress.
Work-related stress, especially chronic stress, can affect more than just your motivation and productivity. It can actually cause insomnia, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, heart disease, obesity, and a weakened immune system.
Here are a few tips to help you manage your work-related stress to keep you happy, healthy, and motivated at work.
Start by de-stressing your body
You hold a lot of your stress in your body, which can cause a whole slew of health problems. That being said, the first step to managing workplace stress is by de-stressing your body. You can do this by:
- Exercising regularly. Few people are actually excited to work out, but regular exercise can like walking, jogging, and dancing can help produce stress-relieving chemicals and reduce muscle aches and pains.
- Getting enough sleep. The CDC recommends seven to nine hours of sleep every night. When you don’t get enough sleep, it can affect your mood, memory, and cognitive functioning.
- Taking a spa day. There are many health benefits of therapeutic massages. They reduce muscle aches and pains, reduce inflammation, and reduce stress by increasing your body’s production of Serotonin. In fact, 23% of massage consumers received a massage to reduce stress between July 2013 and July 2014 alone.
Don’t forget to de-stress your mind
Many workers focus on their body when it comes to reducing stress, such as taking a hot bath or lighting some lavender-scented candles at the end of the workday. But it’s also important to de-stress your mind to efficiently manage work-related stress. Here are a few ways you can do that.
- Choose to say “no” when you really need to. It’s all too easy to say yes to a project you may not have the time for. But saying “yes” all the time can make you feel overworked and overbooked. Don’t be afraid to negotiate priorities.
- Meditate regularly in a way that works for you. Meditation can help to reduce stress and lower blood pressure, but not every type of meditation works for everyone. In fact, certain types of meditation can actually increase anxiety. Try out a few methods to see which type works best for you.
- Look on the bright side. You can’t make the stressful parts of your workday vanish, but you can focus on the little things throughout the day that make you happy.
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