While work place environments can very stressful, some individuals are exposed to extreme bouts of stress or do not know how to manage their stress well. While stress is a natural response to fear, exercise and starvation, taking upon too much stress at work can be bad for your long-term health. Why is stress so bad for us? Is it just the emotional drain that we experience from day to day or does it create negative physical changes to our body that can cause diseases? The answer is stress damages our body’s health over time. How you might ask? Well, the hormone cortisol is our mechanism to deal with stress. When cortisol is released into our blood stream it reduces memory, decreases our immune response, decreases bone density, increases body weight, increases blood pressure, causes cholesterol and increases our chances of getting heart disease. Therefore, we need to learn how to avoid stress or manage it better.
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Too much stress at work?
What happens when your work place becomes too stressful? It may be time for you to assess your job and determine if you should make a change. Work places can be extremely stressful and some jobs may be stressful long term. It is extremely important to find the proper balance between a healthy job that supports you financially and one that causes you severe bouts of stress. If the latter is you than you need to look for a change. Change can involve changes within your company, making a move to another company or changing your profession. Where do most work place stresses come from?
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- Receiving a low salary
- Unmanageable work load
- Lack of support by team members or management
- Lack of control of projects or decision making
- Work place bullying
- Social anxiety
Now that we are aware of the dangers of stress from the work place we need to take actions and decrease side effects from them. Walking around with deep achy muscles long term will cause osteoarthritis, pain, swelling and reduced motion.
Don’t be a victim of stress. Be the victor over stress. We all have the power to conquer our troubles and be in the driver seat of our lives. It may be time to reach out to a professional and get the help you need. Please do not wait for change to happen on its own. Make change happen.
What can we do to navigate our bodies away from excessive stress?
- Learn how to meditate at work and at home. There are many things one can do to increase mindful thinking and bring peace to their mind. Yoga, deep meditation, deep breathing and visualization all can help. Begin each morning with simple steps to reduce your stress like taking full breaths from your lungs and not stomach, take more breaks at your workstation, be appreciative of small things that make you happy and spend more time outdoors in nature. Be patient as small actions can help reduce stress at your work place.
- Develop positive work place relationships. Try and make positive relationships at work and communicate with your coworkers. Creating a healthy social atmosphere at work will reduce stress at work. Reaching out to coworkers or upper management can help navigate us through better work place environments.
- Learn the how to develop better posture at work. Learning to develop better posture at work can put less stress on your soft tissues. These tissues include muscles, ligaments and tendons. Make sure your feet are higher than your hips and your neck is not strained looking down at your computer screen as well.
- Take breaks and drink more water at work. Taking small breaks every 20 minutes at work and drinking 8 glasses of water can help reduced fatigue and stress at work. Static positions at work can increase stress to soft tissues. So make sure to walk around and possibly engage with coworkers to increase work place happiness.
- Exercise before or after work. Exercising is an excellent method of reducing stress at work. Exercising in the morning or afternoon can increase endorphins in the body that help make us happy! Keep your body moving and sweat all the toxins out of your body.
- Sleep early to take advantage of growth hormone release. Sleeping earlier will provide better release of hormones in the body. The human body secretes hormones that repair our bodies at night.
- Get a massage monthly. Massages can help lymphatic flow and help release stress trapped in our bodies tissues.
- Get adjusted by your Vancouver Chiropractor and restore range of motion to your spine. Chiropractors in Vancouver are trained in finding misalignments in your spinal column or extremities. By getting adjusted you can help realign your body and take stress off muscles, ligaments and tendons.
- Changing your career or quitting your job. Unfortunately, there may be no choice left but to leave your job. Some job place environments are difficult to navigate or change. Unhealthy work places may involve a bad working relationship with a coworker or excessive work that may not improve. Either way it may be time to leave your job. Long term you may be much happier and regain the pep back in your step.