Work, it can be a great source of pride and joy when you’re doing what you love, but it can also be a large contributor of anxiety and stress in our lives. Roughly half a million people in the UK suffer with work related stress and every individual affected by work-related stress lost an average of 23.9 working days.
The good news is there are ways to reduce stress and it’s affects so you can stay mentally and physically strong, so, if you’re looking to minimise the effects of stress in the workplace, look no further! Check out these simple, easy to apply ways you can stay healthy and curb the affects of stress in the workplace.
Take a break
The average UK worker only takes 27 minutes of an allotted 40 for lunch, mainly through feeling overwhelmed with work. However, working through lunch actually decreases productivity.
Try taking extra time on your lunch break and going for a walk/ stretching. Not only will this release endorphins, the ‘feel good’ chemical, it will also increase your productivity, allowing you to get more done and reducing the stress of mounting, incoming work.
Drink herbal (especially green) tea
Studies have shown a link between drinking green tea and a reduction in stress levels. Green tea has also shown to help improve sleep quality due to being naturally caffeine free, allowing workers to feel better rested for the upcoming working days. You can buy green tea on our website to help reduce your stress and improve sleep quality.
Listen to (classical) music
Listening to music while working, particularly classical music can be a really effective stress management tool. Classical music lowers blood pressure and slows down heart rate/pulse, decreasing the levels of stress hormones in the body. Why not try breaking out some headphones and giving classical music a listen to? Some great places to start are live classical music videos on Youtube, or you can tune in to Classical FM.
Nuts, in particular almonds and peanuts are not only high in antioxidants, they’re also naturally high in magnesium. Magnesium is great for lowering blood pressure, combating some of the effects stress may cause.
Try keeping some nuts in your desk drawers and having some with your lunch, not only will they help maintain your body’s natural blood pressure balance, they’ll also keep you fuller for longer. You can get your nut intake in via tasty snack bars or as they come in packs on our website.
Eat dark chocolate
Good news for some of our readers we’re sure! Eating dark chocolate reduces the levels of the stress hormone (cortisol) and releases endorphins. Dark chocolate also improves blood flow to the brain and improves learning, memory and focus. As if we really needed more of a reason to eat it! You can buy dark chocolate on our site to enjoy it’s amazing flavour and stress relieving benefits from our online store.
So there you have our (rather tasty) tips on how to reduce workplace stress and its affects. Whether you work outdoors or in an office, we’re sure there’s a takeaway for you. What tip are you most excited to try? Are there any we’ve missed? Leave a comment and let us know.