Every person who has ever worked has experienced the pressure of work-related stress at some point. Even if you enjoy your work, any job can be stressful at times. You might feel under pressure in the near future to achieve a deadline or finish a demanding task. However, continuous work stress can become overwhelming and be bad for your physical and mental health.
Helpful Tips To Overcome Stress From A Day’s Work
Once you’ve dealt with whatever it is that’s making you uneasy, stress looks harmless enough. The hormone cortisol, which can increase inflammation in the body and act as a precursor to many diseases, is released when you experience stress, according to research. In addition to impairing your white blood cells’ capacity to fight infections, ongoing stress may also increase your risk of getting sick.
It seems like everyone is stressed out in a culture where overscheduling is the norm. Consider this: When was the last time you told someone that you were so busy or that you were just getting your breath back after a long day at work? Nothing to be proud of. Here are a few helpful tips you can do at home:
1) Exercise For An Endorphin Boost
Exercise benefits the mind in the same ways that it benefits the body. Combine or alternate aerobic exercise with strength training, stretching, flexibility, and agility drills.
2) Do A Short, 15-Minute Stroll To Lower Fatigue Levels
You can do so to release feel-good hormones, such as endorphins, and to get exposure to nature for health benefits.
3) Have A Good Laugh
Watch a stand-up comedian you love on Netflix, send memes back and forth in your group text, or meet up with your funniest friend. Laughter is great medicine. It helps you relax your body and lowers cortisol (a stress-inducing hormone).
4) Do A Mindfulness Exercise
Start by focusing on slow, deep breaths then find five things you can see around you; four things you can touch or feel; three things you can hear; two things you can smell; and one thing you can taste.
5) Always Hydrate Yourself
Even mild dehydration can negatively impact cognitive processes and mood. Aim for at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day. It can potentially reduce the effects of environmental stressors on the body.
6) Use Cold Water To Activate Your ‘Dive Reflex’
If you’re feeling incredibly stressed to the point that you’re not quite sure what to do, soak your face around your cheekbones and above your mouth. Diving response (or diving reflex1) demonstrates a decreased heart rate, and an increase in peripheral vascular resistance leading to a redistribution of blood flow to adequately perfuse the brain and heart.
7) Smile To Yourself In The Mirror (Or To Others Whom You Meet)
People who smile reported lower heart rates during a stressful task. It’s also good exercise for your facial muscles.
Relaxation is always beneficial for your immune system, whether you meditate, or go for a stroll. Your risk of contracting a disease is lower if your immune system is strong. You can obtain a healthy immune system by utilizing these natural and easy home remedies to cope with stress from your life schedules. And most of all, get some support from others. Accepting help from dependable friends and family members might let you be better at managing stress.
Additionally, your employer might offer stress management tools through an employee support program, such as online resources, accessible counseling, and, if necessary, referrals to mental health professionals. A psychologist can help you better manage stress and stop engaging in harmful behavior if you continue to feel overburdened by work stress. If this is the case, you may wish to speak with one.
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- Reference: Physiology, Diving Reflex; Devon Godek; Andrew M. Freeman