There is a close relationship between health and productivity. It is important to raise awareness about employee’s well-being as we celebrate National Employee Wellness Month. Many of the most effective stress control mechanisms are surprisingly physical in nature. Encouraging them in the workplace can have a positive impact on the health and productivity of workers.
So how do we overcome stress? What can we do NOW, to help keep our mental health strong?
Here are a few ways to overcome stress and put a positive spin on your day and minimize stress levels:
- Take Deep Breaths for an easy 3-5 minute exercise, sit up in a chair with your feet flat on the floor and hands on top of your knees. Breathe in and out slowly and deeply. Deep breathing oxygenates your blood.
- Exercise causes your body to release endorphins and it helps clear the mind. Get up, and walk for a few minutes. If you can’t leave your desk, stretch! Stretching is a therapeutic exercise.
- Eat Right and avoid sugary, fatty snack foods. Fruits and vegetables are always a good healthy option. Keep several at your desk and enjoy them.
- Listen to Music, playing calm music has a positive effect on the brain and body. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a small break and listen to your favorite tune. One recommendation is listening to ocean or nature sounds.
- Schedule Time with family or friends to combat stress and/or loneliness by calling or meeting them after work. Schedule a group lunch outing or zoom with coworkers and have it on your calendar as something to look forward to.
The physical consequences of unattended stress can be far-reaching and, at some point, become more permanent than chronic. Chronic, non-traumatic pain typically does not require surgery, but it does require the skills of an experienced physical therapist to evaluate and treat the root of the problem. FIND A PT today and schedule an appointment!
REFERENCES:www.healthsearch.com, healthline.com, helpguide.org, and article by Elizabeth Scott, M.S., About.com Guide