Do you ever feel so busy making a living that you forget to make a life? We will inevitably all feel stress at one point in our lives, but it is how we deal with it that makes the impact. So, here, we explore three ideas that can help us to know how to deal with stress.
I used to be a teacher. When you commit to a job that is as consuming as teaching, you learn that making a living and making a life don’t really coincide. Sure the children leave at 3.15pm and the holidays are great, but all of the time you don’t spend in front of the children is spent planning, marking, scrutinising, and generally crying over how short your class falls of national expectations. So suddenly, your holidays are taken over by work and you run out of time in the day. Pretty soon you live simply to make a living. Your life becomes your job. Life becomes stressful. It becomes unsustainable.
Teaching may be a renowned stressful profession, but it certainly isn’t the only one. Actually, over 55% of us claim to be stressed at work.
Signs That Stress Is Affecting Your Life And Work
Sustained stress can affect us in many ways. It can cause difficulties thinking, sleeping, remembering, and processing information, which can affect the ways we behave. We might start to become irritable, anxious, or depressed, and the things we once enjoyed might become more of a chore. High levels of stress can have an impact on the functioning of immune system too, making us more susceptible to illnesses going around the office. So with so many of us feeling these effects of the workplace stress, what can we do to combat them? What can we do to know how to deal with stress?
How To Deal With Stress
You will no doubt be glad to know that there are things we can do to help reduce the feelings and effect of stress. Even the smallest steps can help to reduce the physical symptoms and effects of stress. So, if you ever feel so busy making a living that you forget to make a life, make small changes to start making a difference. Here are three small changes to start making to help deal with stress:
Although we may feel like we need an energy boost, caffeine is a stimulant and so will increase stress levels as well as our energy. Instead, we should turn to more natural energy boosters, like herbal teas and Vitamin Bs.
Sounds simple, but sleep can elude us when we’re stressed. It’s important to keep to a routine to help your mind switch off and help your body relax. Turning off your phone and laptop is a must! A hot bath, warm drinks, and essential oils can help too. Some herbal extracts found in supplements, such as lemon balm and chamomile, and even probiotics like Inulin can help to promote sleep.
When we are stressed, our bodies produce adrenaline and cortisol. Exercising and keeping active can help to metabolise excess of these by-products, which helps to keep your body a little calmer. Joining a gym class is a great way to work off excess stress while also socialising to boost your mood! Just make sure you protect yourself by supporting your energy levels and joints with vitamins and minerals.
So there you have it: how to deal with stress in three small, first steps! They are the perfect starting point to help your body and mind to combat the effects of workplace stress.