Stress is not a synonym for work

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Ever feel like eating your computer? Probably not a great idea despite the high fiber. In today’s world we seem to equate work with stress, like you can’t have one without the other. COMPLETELY FALSE!

We cannot truly escape all stress, that is inevitable, but if you are going to a job you despise or living a daily routine of stress, stress, and more stress, you are slowly killing yourself (and maybe not that slowly). Studies show that 40% of people consider their jobs very stressful and 3/4 of workers believe their jobs contain more stress than the previous generation’s jobs. THAT IS NOT GOOD. (http://www.stress.org/workplace-stress/)

It doesn’t take a doctor to know that being in a stressful environment for 8 hours (or more) per day is bad for your health.

Even if your current job is not ideal, and you can’t necessarily “escape” the stress. There are things you can do to balance the negative effects of stress.

BREATHE: When you find yourself stressed, a great practice is called box breathing. Breathe in slowly for the count of four, hold your breath for a count of four, breathe out for a count of four, hold for a count of four. Repeat. This practice has been shown to help normalize blood flow, reduce the damaging effects of cortisol, and reduce the flight/fight response.

STRETCH: Take a moment and shake out the arms and legs, roll the head and neck in slow circles for a few seconds. Definitely stretch the neck and upper back by grabbing the chair you are sitting on with one hand, tilt your head in the opposite direction and then pull up on the cushion of the chair. This will help pull the shoulderblade down and back, and stretch the neck muscles that are notorious “stress-holders.”

DECOMPRESS at home: At the end of a stressful day, take some time to unwind. Meditate, breathe, exercise, smile, laugh, do things to boost the good hormones and counteract the negative ones. Make a point to leave work at work (when possible) and not bring the stress of work home to your family and friends. Stress is contagious, don’t spread it!

If you find your job is a non-stop stress-mosphere (I made that word up I think, but it works)… find a new job. Staying in a toxic environment is just that… toxic and will literally take years off of your life.

 

 

 

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