For many of us, the workplace is a big source of stress – whether it’s because of long hours, a high-pressured environment or even bullies in the workplace. In order to tackle workplace stress it is important to look at three areas: your body, your mind and your sense of purpose.
1. Avoid processed foods – it is thought that too much processed food can contribute to feelings of anxiety, so try to eat a diet rich in fresh, whole foods.
2. Exercise regularly – physical activity will release stress-relieving chemicals as well as improving your overall health.
3. Get enough sleep – any stress you feel at work will be magnified if you are tired, so try to ensure you are taking the time to relax and getting a good eight hours of sleep.
1. Express gratitude – even if you are having the day from hell, take some time out to think of something you’re grateful for to keep yourself in a positive frame of mind.
2. Practice mindfulness – many doctors are recommending mindfulness and meditation techniques for those suffering from depression. By taking the time to relax and focus on the here and now your feelings of stress and anxiety should reduce.
3. Say no – being overworked and overbooked can lead to stress, learn to say no and allow some time and space to yourself.
1. Schedule some social time – reconnect with friends and family to remember what is really important and to give your mind a rest from thinking about work.
2. Be creative – it can be easy to neglect our creative sides when work takes over – try to carve out some creative time every week to tap into your inner kid and remember you have other skills outside of work.
3. Get spiritual – Regardless of your religious beliefs, taking a bit of time to think about the bigger picture can help you put things into perspective.
Speaking to a qualified counsellor could help you determine the source of your workplace stress and give you an opportunity to voice your concerns, to find out more please see our Work Related Stress page.
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