Effects of Stress

Stress is a part of life experiences, and most people, if not all, are affected by stress.  According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, stress is defined as  a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, or something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety.

A great article I found, titled Stress at Work – How to Deal with Job and Workplace Stress[1], has these very good suggestions to reduce work stress:

  • Initiate positive relationships at work and beyond
  • Get up and moving—don’t sit for more than an hour
  • Learn how omega-3 fats in your diet helps reduce stress and boost mood
  • Get the full amount of sleep you need to feel your best
  • Regain control by prioritizing and organizing
  • Look for the humor in what seems to be a bad situation

Another great set of advice in this article is to get regular exercise, due to its effect to relieve stress:

  • Aerobic exercise—activity that raises your heart rate and makes you sweat—is a hugely effective way to lift your mood, increase energy, sharpen focus, and relax both the mind and body.
  • As you move, instead of continuing to focus on your thoughts, focus on your body and how it feels as you exercise. As well as maximizing stress relief, adding this mindfulness element can help your nervous system become “unstuck” if you’ve experienced trauma.
  • For best results, try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise activity on most days. If it’s easier to fit into your schedule, break up the activity into two or three shorter segments.
  • When stress is mounting at work, try to take a quick break and move away from the stressful situation. Take a stroll outside the workplace if possible. Physical movement can help you regain your balance.

[1] Source: www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-at-work.htm

My comments on this subject:

Stress can affect many aspects of life, it affects work, the personal life, and also affects the ability to learn and perform.

  • It is good to find ways to enjoy your work.
  • Turn the work challenges into opportunity to grow and be better in what you do is a way to turn negatives into positives.
  • Find ways to enjoy your work or what you are doing.
  • You will always do more and learn when you focus on the positive and not focus on the negative.




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