5 Natural Ways to Reduce Stress at Work


| 6/18/2014 11:25:00 AM


Tags: Reduce Stress, Work Stress, Relaxation Techniques, Miles Young,

Work can cause a lot of stress. We all know it, and it's something we all live with. But, we have the option of creating more manageable working conditions for ourselves. From keeping a consistent amount of energy through the day to making time to relax, there's plenty you can do to reduce stress at work. 

Reduce Stress at Work
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1. Prevent Stress Early

Start your day right. Wake up with natural light if you can. Try to get as much outdoor time in as you can before you start work. Taking a walk can help clear your mind and prepare you for the day. If you're lucky enough to live a reasonable walking distance from work, start walking or cycling to work. The movement will get your blood flow and metabolism going, increasing your energy throughout the day.

2. Caffeine Alternatives

Lots of people love their coffee as a way to wake up in the morning. Coffee activates the brain's adrenal glands, however, this makes you more susceptible to stress. If you really need that energy boost, try one of the many alternatives available. These work great for many high stress situations which require lots of energy. For example, Maryville nursing school students have been known to try alternatives like ginseng tea or apple slices to get a healthier boost of energy while working.

Panax ginseng, gingko biloba, green tea, maca, mate, chai and ashwagandha can all give you an energy and blood flow boost without putting you into overdrive. You may also find drinks with some of these ingredients and a small amount of caffeine, which can offer the perfect solution for people who want a different source of energy but don't want to cut off caffeine completely.

3. Eat Well

Eating well before work and during your lunch break can have a huge impact on how you feel throughout the day, making it another great way to feel better at work. Make sure you eat a nutritious meal without too much sugar or heavy fats weighing you down. Some studies suggest this can bring about better decision-making while at work as well.




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