It’s Monday morning. You missed the bus. Spilled coffee on your new suit. You have a deadline fast approaching and the argument with your partner from last night is still unresolved. Life is stressful! Whether you’re experiencing short-term stress due to a day not going your way, or long-term stress from major life upheavals, stress impacts each and every one of us, and it’s not fun! While a little stress is okay, and sometimes even positive events can cause some stress, feeling stressed for a long time can take a toll on your mental and physical health.

The body responds to stress by releasing hormones which make blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar levels go up. Over the long-term, not addressing stress can lead to depression and anxiety, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and abnormal heart beats. Many people feel the brunt of their daily stress at the workplace. Want to be stress free? Here are some tips!

  • Take breaks throughout the workday. Even 5 minutes of stretching or taking a walk around the building can help. A breath in fresh air can reset the mind.
  • Avoid caffeine and sugar. These aggravate the adrenal glands that are already in overdrive when you’re stressed. Instead, drink calming herbal tea and eat a piece of fruit for energy.
  • Take care of your body. Eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep all improve your mood and help you think clearly during those stressful moments.
  • Connect with others. Talking about your problems with family and friends can be helpful when coping with stress. Sharing your challenges with co-workers may help to see your problems in a new way and brainstorm solutions.

Even though it may seem hard to find ways to de-stress with all the things you have to do, it's vital to your health-- and your happiness. Please share your ideas for reducing stress at the workplace with us here!

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