Worksite Wellness – Stressed Out? 6 Tips To Reduce Work-Life Stress And Improve Your Health

Just turn on the news and you’ll be hearing about the latest company down-sizing, right-sizing, slow down, re-organizing, down economy or as the financial advisers say – economic winter. What about you? All this bad news and at work you’re burned out, exhausted mentally and physically. Have you asked yourself – “at what price?”

As your responsibilities grow, your shoulders become heavy with the burden of your life as it gets busier and more stressed day-by-day. With constant worry, increased responsibilities and more work – life becomes frantic. Our head becomes heavy with fatigue and dizziness; this is enough to not only make you feel tired but make you sick too. Really sick.

Stress can be different things to different people. For most of us stress is commonly caused by a feeling of too much work, too little time, financial loss, feeling out of control all of which contribute to thoughts which can make you feel depressed. Everyone suffers from stress at some point in his or her life, but the real challenge is to overpower and kill the stress developing inside you, and NOT to get killed by it.

Stress is connected to chronic ailments such as back pain, headaches and fatigue. Chronic diseases such as the flu, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, GERD just to name a few are all impacted by long-term stress. The connection between your perception of stress and your body’s ability to fight off disease is so strong some experts think stress can be “deadly”. So you’re right, your job is killing you and now we can prove it! Feel better?

This is what stress feels like when it’s developing inside you:

Anxiety: Gives you a feeling of nervousness, like the fear of something that is going to happen.

Fatigue: A feeling of extreme tiredness as a consequence of some physical or mental work.

Depression: A state when a person gets hopeless and unhappy. It can lead to suicidal tendencies.

Insomnia: Inability to get proper sleep, which makes you feel tired and sluggish all day.

Decreased focus: Inability to concentrate in work, which may lead to taking wrong decisions.

Stress impacts your ability to work too. When you’re stressed out you’re less productive, more accident prone, make more mistakes, get sick and miss work. Remember the last time you worried about that big project, your head was pounding, back aching – then developed a cold to add to the stress?

6 Tips to Reduce Work – Life Stress and Improve Your Health

1. Change your work pattern:

Prioritize work load. Make a schedule of work listed on the basis of their priority on paper. This will help you to do the important work first, with an effective time management.

Delegate. If you are overloaded at work, seek the help of a competent colleague, or assign the work to someone else.

Don’t volunteer for extra assignments. Do not take work that you cannot handle. If you can, then do; if you can’t, then don’t.

Take a break. Take occasional breaks away from you desk or work station. You can go for a walk and even by stretch on the chair.

Relax during off time. If possible, make a trip outside city for an outing. This will freshen up your mind. No more 24 – 7 work days!

2. Change what you’re thinking:

Change your attitude. The world would be a better place, when you think the world is good. Its’ all in the mind, life is more about your perception of it than what is actually happening.

Meditation/Relaxation. Meditation and yoga can relax your mind. A 10 minute yoga break every couple of hours clears the mind and improves productivity.

Evaluate what concerns you. Take distinct decisions. Make a strategy how to tackle a difficult situation, and jot down all the contrary circumstances you might face.

3. Eat right: If bad foods give bad health, then good food gives good health…simple!!

Good nutrition is vital for your mind and body. As stress burns up the vitamin B and vitamin C, food with good nutrition replenishes these nutrients. Stay away from fatty foods and fast foods; instead try to eat whole foods in their natural form, fresh raw and organic whenever possible. Take whole food supplements which are medically approved, clinically researched and are healthy for the body. Vitamin D supports the immune system, Omega 3 reduces inflammation, but you should take supplements only after approval from a health coach, dietitian or other medical professional. To maintain good health, avoid sugar, salt and processed foods.

4. Add in activity: Money can buy fat, but can’t burn it. The minimum recommended amount is a 30 minutes most days of the week. Start by increasing your time walking. Exercise makes the body secrete the natural painkillers, endorphins; and also makes you feel better. Increasing your activity helps to keep you healthy, and increase the ability of the body to combat diseases.

5. Get proper sleep: Lack of sleep not only decreases concentration at work; it also reduces the “coping ability” of your body and lowers immune function. When you sleep your body heals itself.

6. Find someone to talk to: People who hold in their feelings are at higher risk of developing more ailments and diseases. Find someone you can trust to share your feelings with perhaps a co-worker, family member, friend or therapist. When you share how you’re feeling with someone else you create the opportunity to feel less alone, supported and more connected to others around you. In other words, less stressed.