Updated: Feb 6, 2019
Work stress. We all have it.
In the workplace, many of us deal with co-workers, long hours, job insecurity, demanding bosses, deadlines, schedules, responsibilities, or difficult decisions on a continual basis. All of these can play on our minds, not only when we’re at work, but also on our off time, causing us to lie awake in bed, take it out on our loved ones or gnash our teeth in traffic.
The connection between stress, ill health and a lower quality of life is undeniable. Believe it or not, the boss coming down on you for not finishing your quarterly report on time could have a very real biochemical effect in your body.
The Side-Effects of Work Stress
Due to the ubiquitous effect of stress hormones on our immunity and health in general, chronic stress can result in the following serious health problems:
Sleep problems such as insomnia or excessive daytime sleepiness
Digestive problems such as pain, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation
Worsening of skin conditions, such as eczema or acne
Allergies and asthma
Different types of pain such as headaches, abdominal, pelvic and low-back pain
Type II Diabetes
Osteopenia and osteoporosis
Not sure how serious your stress is? You can take our online stress quiz to see whether you have mild, moderate or severe stress.
How To Reduce Work Stress
Stress only becomes a problem when it exceeds our ability to respond or effectively cope with it. Rather than trying to eliminate stress from your life, the key is to enhance your coping mechanisms, which is relatively easy to do with a few minor lifestyle adjustments and a little help from Mother Nature.
Taking action towards supporting your body, mind and soul can have a huge impact, not only on your work life, but also on your life away from work. Re-examine your priorities and think about the big picture. You don’t want to have the experience of looking back at your life and realizing that you spent hour upon hour tied up in work stress at the expense of your family, friends or relationships. Take action today towards releasing work stress and you’ll not only be happier, but much healthier as well.
Implementing any of the following strategies will not only reduce your stress levels at work, but overall as well:
Take a yoga class or hit the gym after work
Get away from your work environment when you can. Take a meditation class, or sit and enjoy nature on your lunch break
Eat a healthy, whole foods diet
Get regular massages or other body work – make use of your corporate benefits!
Make time for your relationships with family and friends
When you feel stress hit, take three deep breaths
Get professional help from a counselor, life coach or other to put stress into perspective
Choose humorous sources of entertainment rather than drama or trauma
Foster an optimistic mental attitude and examine your true priorities in life
Learn the Emotional Freedom Technique or another method of emotional releasing
How Veeva Can Help
Veeva can be an important way to increase your coping mechanisms, and improve your reaction to a stressful situation. It contains simple compounds found in nature such as Lemon Balm, Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Theanine, Choline, Inositol, 5-HTP, Allspice, Cloves and Cinnamon, that along with healthy lifestyle adjustments have been proven to help us decompress and uplift our mood as well as relax, support and nourish our body and brain.
To integrate Veeva into your routine, take one Veeva stress capsule in the morning and one in the evening.
Ellie Steele is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner, Personal Trainer Specialist, Certified Sports Nutrition Advisor and 3rd Degree Reiki Practitioner that helps her clients put stress into perspective. www.EvolutionWellness.ca
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