Not sure if you are stressed at work? Signs and symptoms are far reaching, and include feelings of anxiety, irritability, loss of interest in work, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, headaches, muscle tension, insomnia and stomach problems to name a few. We all express stress in different ways so any combination of symptoms is possible.
Make sure to take care of yourself! It is sometimes difficult to control outside factors that contribute to workplace stress, but the one factor we can control is ourselves. By taking care of our physical and emotional health, we become strong and resilient to stress. How? Here are 3 ways to start:
- Engage in some daily exercise, about 30 minutes of walking, dancing, aerobic exercise, swimming or anything you enjoy doing. Daily activity boosts energy and lifts your mood. Take a 10 minute break and walk around your building outside to also get fresh air.
- Make sure you are eating nutritious and healthy foods at regular intervals throughout the day. Low blood sugar can contribute to irritability and mood swings, so eating proteins and complex carbs keeps your energy and blood sugar levels up. Keep healthy snacks in your desk drawer to avoid heading to the vending machine when you get hungry.
- Lastly, regulate your sleep patterns. While stress can cause insomnia, lack of sleep can also contribute to increased stress and difficulty coping with our busy days. Getting enough sleep and waking up feeling refreshed is vital to a healthy mind and body.