Stress…we all know it is bad for us. In fact, stress can increase your risk for the following diseases…
- Heart disease
Also, it can lead to more health problems including headaches, hypertension, depression & anxiety, accelerating aging, etc.
How can we deal with this sometimes overabundance of stress at work?
There are a lot of common answers to this question including, eating, drinking caffeine, moving around, taking a 5 min break, reading, talking with their coworkers, but are these all good habits? It is very interesting that everyone has a different way in which they operate. Something that is good for you may not be good for others and vice versa. We can solve this problem by using science!
Trial and error is the best way to find out what works for you while you’re at work. First you will have to make a list of your habits. For example your habits may be in this order eating candy, drinking coffee, taking a short breaks, and reading at lunch. These are all very common things that individuals do to ease their stress. A good start would be to change some of your behaviors slowly and have a positive mental attitude (PMA).
In conclusion, try to find out what is best for you! Trail and error is the only way you will find the most effective solution. Also, by talking to your co-workers you will get new ideas to try.
Griffin, R. (n.d.). 10 Stress-Related Health Problems That You Can Fix. Retrieved November 4, 2014, from http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/features/10-fixable-stress-related-health-problems