Stress and stress related breakdowns are quite a common occurrence, especially the way we lead our lives today.
And even though we might argue that stress is bad, a little stress is needed by everyone to live to their potential. However, too much of it, and it becomes a problem. It can lead to headaches, high blood pressure or even heart attacks!
Here are a few tips to fight stress:
- Even though stress can be avoided, there is no quick fix to beat it. When we are going out to work, we should take each day as something new, revel and experiment with it; breaking a monotonous routine can be a good way to relieve stress.
- Taking deep breaths also helps burst stress, as breathing into nostrils seems to stimulate the pre-frontal cortex of the brain that releases stress-reducing hormones.
- Meditation is another way to do it, where you sit in a comfortable position and then relax and concentrate your mind on things away from your world.
- Some people also find reading a book as a good stress buster, however it can cause a little stress if you are running late on your work and you sit down to read one. Hence the need for effective time management comes into play.
- Some might consider gossip as a way of relieving stress at work, however, too much of it, and it could turn into the reason. We already have enough worries in our life, why add more by worrying about others when we really shouldn’t?
- A very common way to counter stress is by exercising or doing another physical activity. Many offices seem to have evolved in this respect, as they now have Gyms, Swimming Pools, Basketball Courts, Pool Tables, etc. for their employees to take a break. It not only bursts stress, but can also pump up concentration levels.
- Someone once mentioned to me how they enjoyed writing in a diary, and found it to be a great stress buster. You could try and write down some stuff about you and your work and focus on the positives - things you like about your work.
- Another common reason to be stressed all day long is because of the amount of information we have to process in an entire day. As if our work and personal lives weren’t enough, we are bombarded with ads, tele-callers and social media updates! If we try and associate ourselves with every cause out there, it’s bound to cause stress. Figure out what’s important to you and reduce the daily intake of information. Don’t spend too much time sitting on social media or your e-mails. Check them from time to time.
- Every individual has his own reasons to be stressed, and his own way to relieve it. You need to figure out your work- life balance and work on its flexibility. You should also try to focus on meaningful communication, unneeded and unnecessary talks and gossip can lead to stress.
- We should always try to keep our personal and work life separate. It helps in not putting our stress onto someone else (say your spouse), and also gives you enough time to forget about it and start everyday afresh.
- Stop procrastinating; though it may seem like a stress buster, it’s a major cause of stress. Set your own personal deadlines and adhere to them.
- There may be some people with negative attitude around you, try to ignore them and surround yourself with positive thinking people. As this influences the way you perceive things.
- Try to get enough sleep to keep yourself fresh. Anything less than 6 hours is not healthy. Ideally you need 7-8 hours of sleep a day.
- Chalk out your schedule well in advance and follow it. Let others around you know that you work on a schedule, and they need to keep you informed well in time. This will counter any unpredictability at work that leads to stress.
- Wear comfortable and relaxing shoes.
- Sleep in a comfortable bed.
- Listen to soft music.
- Get occasional massages from time to time.
- Exercise at least 3 times a week for at least 35 minutes a day.
- Reduce your caffeine intake.
- Take time off from work and go on a vacation.
- Eat stress-releasing foods - No high sugar foods, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain cereal, fresh oily fish and drink at least 6-8 glasses of water every day.
- Keep a stress ball handy at work.
- Laughter yoga on the weekend or early morning before work is a new way to burst stress.
- If you are being bullied at work, talk to your boss or HR. Also let your GP know about it. However, if you still feel that there is no change and you are going through psychological intimidation, contact the National Bullying Helpline on 01793 338888, and they can assess your case and help you with a ‘Without Prejudice Compromise Agreement’, which will help you part ways with your company with no lengthy legal proceedings.
In UK, one in every six workers experiences symptoms of depression, anxiety or stress. If you are an employer, studies have found that by effectively managing mental health issues at work for your employees, you can roughly save up to £300 per employee.
Follow a healthy lifestyle and encourage others too. Feel good about your body and take every day as it comes. Good thoughts flow through your body and help your outlook at things.