One in six people report ‘very high’ or ‘extremely high’ levels of stress at work. Yet stress can be reduced by making a few simple adjustments.
If left unmanaged, excessive stress can result in mental health problems such as anxiety and depression as well as physical illness including high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety, depression and burnout. However, it isn’t stress itself that causes the problem but our ability to cope with stress.
People have widely differing stress thresholds, and we must all learn strategies to manage our own stress.
Here are a few helpful tips:
- Try to exercise regularly a minimum of five times per week for 30 minutes or more
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Eat good fats such as those found in salmon, tuna, mackerel, avocados, nuts and seeds
- Take Omega 3 fish oil daily
- Reduce your alcohol intake and don't turn to it in times of stress - instead drink water and go for a walk
- Don't smoke
- Listen to soothing music and allow yourself quiet time to relax
- Learn deep breathing techniques to help manage any anxiety
- Talk about your problems to someone you can trust and if necessary seek professional help