Have you been a bit more irritable lately? Are you laughing less and worrying more? Are you noticing excessive tendencies in your appetite for food and alcohol? Are you forgetting things, or experiencing headaches and fatigue? Do you feel overwhelmed with lots to do and not enough time to complete your projects? If you answered yes to several of these questions, then you are probably experiencing stress.
April is National Stress Awareness Month. Norman Anderson, the CEO of the American Psychological Association (APA) said, “Stress could easily become our next public health crisis.” There are some studies that show there is connection between rising health care costs and unmanaged stress.
Below are a few stress reducing tips that will be helpful as you deal with workplace stress:
- Exercise-take 30 minutes each day to move.
- Laugh More…laughing releases chemicals in the brain that help relieve stress
- Rehydrate-all of our organs rely on water to function properly
- Manage your time. Prioritize tasks, then check them off your list.
- Watch what you eat. Go for foods that give you energy.
- Take a catnap (power nap) to re-energize
Excessive and chronic stress may contribute to many health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Be sure to make “stress management” a part of your priority list.