Handle Stress Like a Boss
Stress is inevitable. It’s a part of life and, unfortunately, a part of work life. Most of us deal with stressful situations or obligations on a regular basis. Continued stress can lead to chronic stress, which can both negatively impact physical and mental health. Chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, digestive issues, chronic aches and pains, and much more.
Since stress can’t always be avoided, it’s important to learn how to handle and cope with stress. Some people might turn to alcohol or smoking but these unhealthy habits only make things worse. To truly manage workplace stress, employees need to prioritise their physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing.
There are things you can do to better deal with stress like a Boss!
Getting enough quality sleep is one of the best ways to help manage and reduce stress. This includes going to bed early, getting at least seven hours of sleep, waking up around the same time every day, and avoiding the use of a laptop, and a phone that emit blue light before bedtime.
Get a morning routine in play!
A healthy morning sets you up for a healthy day! Start with a nutritious breakfast, some light exercise, socializing with the family, and practicing mindfulness.
Spending more time on your work than with your family causes a lot of stress in both your home and work life. Make an effort to spend enough time with your family, children and friends. This means leaving work at work and utilising time off to spend quality time with your loved ones.
Pay attention to your breathing.
We underestimate the impact our breathing patterns have on our psychological well-being. When we’re stressed out, we tend to over-breathe (rapid, shallow breaths that resemble panting) which can lead to panic attacks, or under-breathe (hold our breath) which can cause dizziness or hyperventilation. One of my , when I’m feeling overwhelmed, is the 4-4-4:
Inhale for a count of four, hold for a count of four, and exhale for a count of four.
Try this pattern at least three times in succession throughout the day. Practice deep breathing when you’re calm, too.
Take a real lunch break!
Lunch breaks are getting shorter and shorter, or even nonexistent. These days, 1 in 5 office workers reports taking an actual lunch break away from their desk. Yet taking a break–even for 15 to 20 minutes–is a proven way to sustain concentration and energy levels throughout the day.
Taking a lunch break, or even multiple short breaks throughout the day provides an opportunity for our brains to recuperate. Never taking a break actually reduces your ability to be creative. It sort of exhausts your cognitive capacity and you’re not able to make the creative connections you can if your brain is more rested. If you’re skipping lunch to continue to push forward in a very intense cognitive capacity, then you’re probably not doing yourself any favours.
And even better spend your lunch break in nature, studies have shown that a walk in a quiet park is sufficient to refresh our attention spans so we can return to work with renewed focus.
Participate in wellness programs.
Employers use wellness programs for a reason. Participating in employee wellness programs help employees develop healthy lifestyle habits and learn more about their health. Take advantage of the opportunities, educational events, health screenings, and other resources your wellness program has to offer.
Just because workplace stress is common in the workplace doesn’t mean you should just accept it. Developing stress management skills is one of the most powerful things you can do to protect your physical and mental wellbeing. Practice some of the above strategies to start handling stress like a boss!
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