What is stress? “Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body for emergency action.” Also, stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses such as heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, depression, and many more.
To combat stress, here are three tips to improve your health and well-being at work.
If you’re sitting for a long period, get up and take a short walk during break. According to WebMD.com, walking reduces stress hormones and mild depression.
Drink Herbal Tea
In fact, herbal tea have been used for centuries as natural remedies. Due to its medicinal properties, it’s good for your health and can calm the nerves. Rather than drinking coffee to boost your energy for the rest of the day, drinking Teas such as Mint, Chamomile, Ginseng, Skullcap, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, etc. helps bring the stress hormones back to normal levels. Ingesting high levels of caffeine, such as coffee, causes your mood to soar and plummet, which can leave you feeling more stressed.
If you’re feeling stress from work, take a couple of minutes and focus on your breathing. By taking deep breaths, it helps you relax and clear your mind. “Deep breathing counters the effects of stress by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure,” psychologist Judith Tutin, PhD, says. As a result, inhaling more oxygen will also reduce shortness of breath and anxiety.
If you need more information about managing stress, here is a great guide to understanding and eliminating stress from your life.
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