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The Workplace Blues: Secrets to Stress Management

Jill Bolte Taylor, a Harvard-educated neuroanatomist and author once said, “To experience peace does not always mean your life is blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.” I think this woman is on to something. When you find yourself feeling drowned by life’s daily stresses, I invite you to practice these secrets to help manage those workplace blues.

SECRET #1: GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Experts recommend getting a full 7-9 hours of sleep per night so you are fully rested and able to handle the daily challenges that are presented. When you don’t get enough sleep, you risk becoming ornery, anxious, depressed, or nervous. It also increases your chance of becoming sick.

SECRET #2: EAT RIGHT
It’s easy to hit up McDonald’s for lunch due to its ultra-convenience, but the adverse health effects in consuming fast food and processed foods continue to pile up. Set aside some time prior to the beginning of each work week where you can plan your lunches out. You can spend a few hours making meals and placing them in the freezer, or if you like the simpler side of things, consider salads or sandwiches. Healthy snacking throughout the day is good, too, as it keeps your metabolism in check.

SECRET #3: BELLY BREATHE
When you are feeling overwhelmed at work, take a few minutes to close your eyes and inhale deeply with your belly – not your chest – several times. Within three minutes, you should feel just as satisfied as you would after a yoga session.

SECRET #4: GET A BIT O’ GREEN
Bringing in a plant to your office or cubicle can increase your happy vibes by 15%, according to a study done by Exeter University. They’re also natural air purifiers, and are known to raise productivity and decrease stress, too!

SECRET #5: KEEP IT REASONABLE
In this day and age, companies are adding more and more responsibilities to employees and your to-do list at work will probably never end. Disparage not, friend, because work will be there tomorrow. Look at the previous day’s to-do list: What did you not finish? If there is something on your list that you are not too fond of completing, do that item first when you have the most amount of energy and mental function. Now you are able to prioritize your to-do list.

SECRET #6: RECHARGE LIKE THE ENERGIZER BUNNY
We all need time to replenish ourselves so we can return to our normal pre-stress levels to function optimally. When you are at home, set aside time to recharge.

SECRET #7: BE OF SERVICE TO OTHERS
Volunteer at a local women’s shelter, food shelf, or homeless shelter; our lives have more meaning when we serve others. When you lift others, you lift yourself.

SECRET #9: TALK TO SOMEONE
Sure, there are plenty of mental health professionals available should you choose to speak to one. When you’re having a hard time with something in particular, call or meet a friend or confidante and vent. It’s nice to be able to have someone listen while also providing you a fresh perspective.
 
SECRET #10: INDULGE YOURSELF
Getting a massage is proven to work wonders for your body even though experts haven’t quite figured out why. Set aside time for yourself to get poked and prodded and release those toxins – just make sure to drink up on the water before and after your massage!

SECRET #11: LISTEN TO SOME TUNES
Listening to calming music has been proven to have a positive effect on the brain and body, while also reducing cortisol – the hormone linked to stress.

SECRET #12: HOW IT’S DONE ACROSS THE GLOBE
Stress is totally another universal language! In France, it’s common to relax from the day with a petit aperitif – typically, a glass of wine or alcoholic beverage paired with cashews or olives. In Russia, stressed employees head to the banya, a hot sauna. Natives spill that sitting in the extreme heat to sweat is a miracle. It’s common in India for people to do a laughter exercise: They smile, wave their hands, and jump, causing them to laugh. Taking fika is common in Sweden – a coffee break with friends. Fika has been around since the 1700s and is typically taken around 10:00 am and 3:00 pm by most companies. In China, women practice a foot soak called zu yu before bed. They put hot water in a large pot, place their feet in, and relax. Keyif is popular in Turkey – which means relishing in pleasurable things like music, dancing, or stretching.