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Workplace Stress

Workplace stress can be experienced in all industries and by all job titles and positions. Combine the workplace stress with our everyday-life stress and you have a ticking time bomb of complications.
Today we will discuss facts about stress, how it affects men vs women, and I will provide remedies to aid with decreasing stress.

Webster’s dictionary defines stress as one of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent equilibrium. In other words, a shift in your normal state that can throw you for a loop and change the way your body, mind, and soul feel.

Occupational stress often stems from unexpected responsibilities and pressures that do not align with a person's knowledge, skills, or expectations, which in turn inhibits one's ability to cope. Occupational stress can increase when workers do not feel supported by supervisors or colleagues, or feel as if they have little control over work processes. In this day and age, stress really is inevitable. Everything is fast paced and our brain has no time to recover from one stimulant when it is thrusted into the next.

• Your adrenal glands pump adrenaline, which raises your heart rate, your blood pressure, and increases the amount of sugar in your blood. Your adrenal cortex sends out cortisol, part of the stress response. This helps you run fast when you’re escaping the tiger, but when it becomes habitual and there aren’t any tigers to run away from, it is destructive.
• Stress kills brain cells; a calm environment permits their growth. It is not true that brain cells stop growing when you’re an adult, they just grow more slowly.
• Stress is associated with depression and anxiety. No fun.
• Your immune system doesn’t work as well as it should. Ah-choo!
• The right amount of stress is beneficial, but too much is deadly.
• While it is a myth that stress can turn hair gray, it can cause hair loss. In fact, hair loss can begin up to three months after a stressful event.
• A CNN poll reveals that the number one reason for stress in the United States is money.

Did you know that stress physically affects men and women differently?
In women you will find the following results:
• In women, stress may disrupt your regular menstrual cycles
• May cause problems getting pregnant
• Stress may affect your libido and diminish your sex drive
• While it is a myth that stress can turn hair gray, it can cause hair loss. In fact, hair loss can begin up to three months after a stressful event.

In men you will find the following results:
• Muscle aches, such as back and neck pain
• Increased perspiration
• Chest pain
• Men are more likely than women to develop certain stress-related disorders, including hypertension, aggressive behavior, and abuse of alcohol and drugs.

There are a few remedies and steps that we can take that assist with relieving the muscle tension and release that clenched jaw you have been carrying around for the last week. These are easy and free remedies that can be incorporated into your daily routine. Small changes with large results!
1. Take warm, relaxing baths. Lavender and Jasmine scented products tend to trigger more relaxation and stress relief.
2. Go for a walk in the park. Surround yourself with nature and breathe in fresh air that wasn’t processed or conditioned by a machine.
3. Water and admire your plants. Trim away dry and dying pieces. This activity provides a sense of accomplishment and completion.
4. Fill the room with a lovely scent. Aromatherapy can be very beneficial. Examples of relaxing scents are lavender, lemon, bergamot, and sage.
5. Take a yoga class, or give yourself one. Free yoga videos can be found online!
6. Read. Grab a book, comic book, or magazine and relax on the couch or your bed. Immerse yourself into the story and characters.
7. Listen to music. My best advise is to listen to some oldies you used to enjoy in years past. Transporting to a time when things were simpler helps distract from the current stress triggers.
8. Have a nice visit with someone. Vent to each other and allow someone else’s positive energy rub off on you ??
9. Watch television. Comedies, action, romance, etc… It all is a good method to distract and relax.
10. Go swimming. Water forces you to slow down and move at a much more relaxed pace. Salty air on a beach can cure all blues.
11. Give yourself enough time to do things, so you’re not always rushing. Add 5-10 minutes of allowed time for each activity. The extra few minutes can make a world of difference.
12. Laugh. This is very important. Among other things, laughter opens up the airways and pumps fresh air into your lungs. Also, it’s fun.
13. Dance. Don’t worry about who is looking. There is something so freeing about dancing and ignoring the looks.
14. Jog. Work the kinks out of your muscles with a light jog. Sweat out all the toxins in your system and cause your body to tire for a more restful sleep.
15. Pet the cat, dog, or other pets. “Mans best friend” received that title for a reason. Don’t have one? Take a trip to your local shelter or pet store and share some love with these angels on Earth.
16. Breathe. Inhale & exhale. Introduce a fresh supply of oxygen to your ragged and short breaths while in the middle of a crisis.

Life and work will always be stressful, because they are important. However, we can change how we allow it to affect us!


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