Though money is still the top source of stress in the United States, work follows as a close second. 60 percent of Americans reported feeling that work was either a very significant or somewhat significant source of stress in 2014.
However, 1 in 5 said that they never engaged in an activity to help relieve or manage their stress.
Stress has been known to raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, and make you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression. It also limits your performance at work and affects your life at home, so not having a way to cope with stress is detrimental to your health and overall well-being.
How Our Employees Manage Workplace Stress
Yesterday we asked some of our employees what they do to eliminate workplace stress, here’s what they said:
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Other Ways You Can Manage Workplace Stress
Our employees shared some great methods they use to reduce workplace stress, but these methods won’t work for everyone. There are hundreds of ways to reduce stress; it’s just about finding the right method that works for you.
Not sure where to start? Perhaps with a joke – research has shown that laughter can cool down your stress response and soothe tension. Science has also proven that other common ways to get rid of stress, like taking a break to go on a walk during work, can drastically improve people’s moods and their ability to fight stress.
Here are some other ways you can reduce stress in your life:
- Breathe Deeper – It’s what moms always told us as kids: ‘Just take a deep breath”. According to the American Institute of Stress, the best way to beat stress is to practice some deep breathing exercises. Abdominal breathing, also known as ‘belly’ or deep breathing, is a form of relaxation that involves taking deep breaths with your stomach for 20-30 minutes a day to reduce stress.
- Use Aromatherapy – You’ve seen the lotions, creams, and candles – but does it really work? So far, there is no scientific proof that those pretty smells can make you feel better physically. But those great scents can improve your mood, especially citrus scents like lemons and oranges.
- Or Music Therapy – Music was proven to significantly reduce emotional distress and boost the quality of life among adult cancer patients. Calming music before bedtime can promote peace and relaxation and help induce sleep. Slow, quiet classical music can decrease the levels of stress hormones and lower blood pressure.
- Get More Sleep – What seems to be the most obvious way to reduce stress on this list is also one often neglected. Adults who sleep less than eight hours a night are more likely to feel overwhelmed, lack motivation, lose patience with family members, and experience more stress.
- Log Off Social Media – We already know that using Facebook can cause depression, but new research shows that using social media can make us more stressed when we’re alerted to stressful events in others’ lives. Pew researchers referred to this phenomenon as the ‘cost of caring’.
- Change Your Mindset – As this article from LifeHacker proves, those who have a ‘stress-is-enhancing’ mindset report having better health, greater life satisfaction, and superior work performance. Sometimes you can’t control how much stress you’re under, but you can change your mindset to make it a positive experience.
- Make an Art Journal – Give yourself time to be creative; an art journal is a great way to express yourself and relieve stress. You can use cutouts from the day’s newspaper, draw doodles, paint, or whatever you can think of to express your thoughts. Blogger Kimberlee Stokes gives a great tutorial on how to do this and you don’t have to be a pro artist to get started.
- Put it on Paper – If something outside of work is bothering you, a great method I’ve learned is to write it down on a post-it note. This way, you can get it off your mind for the time being and you won’t forget to revisit it later. Sometimes I get stressed with how much I need to do after work and making a list helps me quell the chaos.
- Cut the Crap – What you eat has A LOT to do with the amount of stress you experience. Consuming things like caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar, and high-sodium foods can worsen your health, drain energy, and can prolong feelings of tension brought on by stress.
- Exercise – Physically active people have lower rates of anxiety and depression according to the American Psychological Association. That’s because exercise gives you a chance to practice fighting stress – meaning every time you work out, your body’s systems work harder to improve your stress response. So the more inactive we get, the worse we are at handling stress.
Don’t let yourself be a part of the 20 percent of Americans who don’t cope with stress! Despite pressures at work and home, stress doesn’t have to be a part of your daily life. As mentioned earlier, there are hundreds of ways to reduce stress, so find something that works for you.
By reducing the stress you feel at work, you’ll be happier, more productive, and ready to take on new tasks. What methods do you use to fight workplace stress? Are you going to try any of our methods listed above? Let us know in the comments and thanks for reading!