Work can be the reason for stress in many people’s lives.
From the stress of meeting deadlines to holding important meetings, the workplace is one of the most common places people experience stress.
In fact, 80 percent of workers feel stress at their job, and almost half are keen to learn how to manage their stress. Symptoms can be anything from anxiety about going into work to fatigue and headaches. This type of stress has been shown to lead to hypertension, heart attacks and other health conditions.
What’s more, people often feel they can’t just leave their jobs, many rely on an income to survive. This kind of reliance can make many workers feel helpless.
With this in mind, it’s time to take action. First of all, it is vital that you take responsibility for your health and wellbeing by increasing self-care during periods of stress. This will help your body to manage intensely stressful situations.
Avoid partaking in any negative behavior at work, such as gossiping or making a passive aggressive statement. Instead, start to assert positive thinking patterns into your everyday work environment. This will help you to communicate better with colleagues and allow you to express yourself and your feelings better.
In a recent study at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, mindfulness-based interventions were assessed over eight weeks on employees of a surgical intensive care unit, including techniques such as gentle stretching, yoga, meditation, and music. Results revealed that the groups that received mindfulness interventions had a noticeable decrease in their levels of salivary amylase, in comparison to the groups that received no intervention at all.
The study author Maryanna Klatt confirms:
“Our study shows that this type of mindfulness-based intervention in the workplace could decrease stress levels and the risk of burnout.”
“What’s stressful about the work environment is never going to change,” she said, “But what we were interested in changing was the nursing personnel’s reaction to those stresses. We measured salivary alpha amylase, which is a biomarker of the sympathetic nervous system activation, and that was reduced by 40 percent in the intervention group.”
With this simple technique, you can massively decrease your stress levels and improve your overall health without having to change your job.
Let’s work to change the frightening stat that one million people a day miss work in the United States because they’re too stressed out.
By Holly W.