4 ways To Keep Your Work Stress In Check

Stress is inevitable when you’re working, but what happens when it gets unbearable?

Too much stress can affect your performance and productivity at work and take a toll on your physical and emotional health. It is impossible to control all your problems in and out of work, but you can control the way stress gets to you.

Read on to find out how to keep your stress at bay

Exercise

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Exercising can act as one of your most powerful stress relievers. Exercising has been found to release endorphins in your brain. These are chemicals that are known to act as natural painkillers in your body.

  • Take 30 minutes out of your day to head to your nearest gym or go for a swim.
  • If you like nature, you may opt to go for a hike on the weekends. (Check out these hiking trails in the Klang Valley)
  • If you have kids, try incorporating them in your workout sessions. This way, you can spend time with your family and get your dose of workout.

Sleep

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Intense stress can sometimes cause insomnia, which can lead to a domino effect when you lack sleep. This can cause further stress when you are unable to function properly in office and the cycle can repeat itself until you do something about it.

  • Have a regular sleep schedule, keeping in mind that 8 hours of shut-eye is necessary for your mind and body to rest.
  • Avoid activities that are stimulating to the mind and body before bedtime (which means no working before bed!)
  • Turn off all screens at least an hour before bedtime. This includes ALL your gadgets. The light emitted from the screens can restrain your body’s production of melatonin (a hormone needed for sleep).
  • Suggested activities include reading and listening to soft music.

Eat well

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What you put into your body can very well affect your mood for the day.

  • Cut out nicotine; it can lead to higher anxiety.
  • Cut down on alcohol. Alcohol may temporarily kick your worries out the door, but too much of it can also cause anxiety.
  • Eat Omega- 3 fatty acids for a mood boost. Add Flaxseed into your hot drink in the morning or snack on walnuts throughout the day.

Positivity

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Looking out for your physical well-being is important but it is equally as important to make sure your mental health is in check as well.

  • Build and develop relationships with your colleagues. They can lend an ear when you have problems and you can do the same for them too. Social interactions can cheer you up!
  • Surround yourself with positivity. Keep inspiring quotes hung on your wall or at your workstation. (Here are some to get you started)

*Text by Nazlin Amirudin

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