It is probably the last thing you want to do after a long and stressful day at work, but exercising really is a great stress buster. Whether you go for a brisk 10-minute walk, take the dog to the park, go to the gym or join a local sports team, you will soon have the blood pumping and will feel better almost instantly.
Oftentimes, stress can affect our sleep patterns and cause us to lose sleep because we are too busy worrying about tomorrow. You need to force yourself into a sleeping pattern and stick to it until you are able to get a proper nights rest. Drink warm milk and read a book before bed. Steer clear of alcohol and don’t watch TV in bed – neither will help you sleep well.
You need to realise that if you allow work to consume your life, it will become your life – and this is not how you should be living! You need to make plans with friends and family each weekend to keep you busy and remind you that there are bigger things in life than work.
Spending time alone will help you to re-evaluate your life and to truly be at one with yourself. You can go for a walk in the country, read a book, go for a long Sunday drive, site see, or anything that you will enjoy on your own.
If you feel that there are not enough hours in the day to get everything you need done, then you need to organise your day to make it easier on yourself. Start each day with a plan – simply jot down all the tasks that need doing in order of priority, with the amount of time it will take to complete each task, then get to it!
You will get no-where in life allowing others to push you around, dump their workload onto you, and accept constant put-downs from the boss. You need to make a stand! Show that you will not accept anything less than respect and gratitude for your hard work, and when the boss tries to pile you with an unreasonable amount of extra work – say no.
You need to spend as much time away from the office as you can. By going out for your lunch hour, you can re-energize yourself and switch off from work for an hour.
Depending on what exactly is making you stressed, you may find that quitting your job for another is your best option to eliminating stress from your life. Is it your boss that you don’t like? Is it the job itself? If the issue cannot be resolved, then there is no point in suffering any longer. Being your job search now, and only when you have another job to go to, should you quit.
The importance of eating the right foods cannot be undermined. Power foods such as sweet potato, spinach, blueberries, and other foods rich in minerals and vitamins should be eating daily. These foods will boost your energy levels and release endorphins to the brain to make you feel better. Don’t binge on junk food – it will make you put on weight and will just make your life even more unhealthy.
An effective way to beat stress is to take your mind off it by doing something you enjoy. Get a hobby! Whether it is doing puzzles, mountain climbing or playing a musical instrument, you can put any negative energy you have into something positive.
We all suffer from stress at some point in our lives. It could be something that comes and goes in difficult times, or, you could suffer from it most days of your life. If you are one of those people who dreads getting up to go to work, dislikes their job, or can’t stand their boss, then it is likely you are suffering from workplace induced stress. But don’t panic, because there are many ways to help reduce, and even eliminate stress.
The first thing you need to do is establish whether or not you are suffering from stress. Here is how to tell...
(If you experience any of the following issues then you could be stressed without even realising it!)
- Anxious, irritable, angry
- Muscle tension
- Stomach problems
- Loss of sex drive
- Excessive use of alcohol
- Affected sleep patterns
- Socially withdrawn
Check out some of our effective ways to beat work-induced stress!