Stress Less ! 5

 

Our ability to manage stress in the workplace not only improves our physical and emotional health, it can also make the difference between success or failure on the job. Stress has an impact on the quality of our interactions with others. The better we are at managing our own stress, the more we’ll positively affect those around us, and the less other people's stress will negatively affect us.

 

When you feel overwhelmed at work, you lose confidence and may become irritable or withdrawn. This can make you less productive and less effective in your job, and also make the work seem less rewarding. If you ignore the warning signs of work stress, they can lead to bigger problems. Beyond interfering with job performance and satisfaction, chronic or intense stress can also lead to physical and emotional health problems.

 

Here are some signs and symptoms of excessive job and workplace stress – Tick anything that you can relate to and give it a score out of ten:-

☐Feeling anxious, irritable, or depressed

☐Apathy, loss of interest in work.

☐Problems sleeping

☐Fatigue

☐Trouble concentrating

☐Muscle tension or headaches

☐Stomach problems

☐Social withdrawal

☐Loss of sex drive

☐Using alcohol or drugs to cope

 

(See below for assessment.)

When stress at work interferes with your ability to perform in your job, manage your personal life, or adversely impacts your health, it’s time to take action.  Let me congratulate you for taking the first (and the hardest) step by joining The Body Guard’s Stress Less Online Mentoring Program. Now let’s help you start reducing your work place stress by paying attention to your physical and emotional health. When your own needs are taken care of, you’re stronger and more resilient to stress. The better you feel, the better equipped you’ll be to manage work stress without becoming overwhelmed.

 

The first step to help you reduce job stress is by taking care of yourself. Taking care of you doesn’t require a total lifestyle overhaul. Even small things can lift your mood, increase your energy, and make you feel like you’re back in the driver’s seat. Take things one step at a time, and as you make more positive lifestyle choices, you’ll soon notice a reduction in your stress levels, both at home and at work. Here are a few initial steps:-

 

Get moving

Aerobic exercise (eg., swimming, bike riding, even brisk walking)—activity that raises your heart rate and makes you sweat—is a hugely effective way to lift your mood, increase energy, sharpen focus, and relax both the mind and body. For maximum stress relief, try to get at least 30 minutes of heart-pounding activity on most days. If it’s easier to fit into your schedule, break up the activity into two or three shorter segments.

 

Make food choices that keep you going

Low blood sugar can make you feel anxious and irritable, while eating too much can make you lethargic. By eating small but frequent meals throughout the day, you can help your body maintain an even level of blood sugar and avoid the swings in mood.

 

Drink alcohol in moderation and avoid nicotine

Alcohol temporarily reduces anxiety and worry, but too much can cause anxiety as it wears off. Drinking to relieve job stress may also eventually lead to alcohol abuse and dependence. Similarly, smoking when you're feeling stressed and overwhelmed may seem calming, but nicotine is a powerful stimulant leading to higher, not lower, levels of anxiety.

 

Get enough sleep

Not only can stress and worry can cause insomnia, but a lack of sleep can leave you vulnerable to even more stress. When you're well rested it's much easier to keep your emotional balance, a key factor in coping with job and workplace stress.

 

Let's recap:

 

1.       Get moving

2.       Make food choices that keep you going

3.       Drink alcohol in moderation and avoid nicotine.

4.       Get enough sleep

 

If you find you have difficulties with any of the above, call The Body Guard 0421 379615. You may have some underlying problems other than stress which may require an individual health protocol.

 

If you scored 5 or above in any of the categories listed at the top of the page, you may benefit from contacting a health professional. The Body Guard understands stress, stressors and how to minimize both the short and long-term negative effects of stress. Call Christine on 0421 379615. Let us help you.

 

 

Warning: 
Stress can cause severe health problems and, in extreme cases, even death. While these stress management techniques have been shown to have a positive effect on reducing stress, they are for guidance only, and readers should take the advice of suitably qualified health professionals if you have any concerns over stress-related illnesses or if stress is causing significant or persistent unhappiness. Health professionals should also be consulted before any major change in diet or levels of exercise.