While everyone experiences some level of stress, experiencing too much stress can negatively affect one’s health. Excessive stress can lead to depression, fatigue, and poor habits like alcohol abuse or tobacco use. One of the biggest sources of stress in many people’s lives is the workplace. Stress at work often leads to problems in one’s personal life. A recent Time Magazine article written by Amanda MacMillan notes that “research shows that employees who are belittled or insulted by colleagues are likely to vent their frustrations and behave angrily toward people outside of work” (Source). Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to reduce stress is to exercise regularly. Keep reading to learn more.
Stress at Work
As noted above stress at work often follows you home to cause further problems. Not only does it negatively affect your personal relationships, it also makes it difficult to get a good night’s rest. Not getting enough sleep can then lead to feeling even more stressed. While some level of stress at work is largely unavoidable, there are ways to properly handle it. The best way to reduce the effects of stress is to exercise.
Exercise at Work
You don’t have to wait until you clock out to begin exercising. One of the easiest ways to burn calories is to simply stand while you work. A recent study found that it’s not even necessary to stand for extended periods of time in order to gain a health benefit. In fact, it might actually be more beneficial to stand for multiple short periods of time rather than long stretches. Take a look at this article to learn more about the study.
In previous blog posts, I have recommended walking as one of the best exercises to incorporate into your daily routine. Walking is a great place to start when it comes to building healthy habits. Many people have difficulty finding time for exercise as a result of their busy lives. However, walking on your lunch break is one simple way to burn calories and add exercise to your daily routine.
Exercise isn’t the only way to deal with stress. Here are some other ideas to consider:
- Journal – Keeping a journal is a helpful way to deal with your daily emotions. Sometimes writing your thoughts down will help you understand why you’re experiencing stress in the first place.
- Meditation – Meditation has numerous health benefits. Many people report feeling calmer after a meditation session.
- Diet – Certain foods are actually helpful stress relievers. For example, black tea, oranges, and avocados each have a reputation for relieving stress. Learn more here.