Destress? What's that? HA!
Stress causes adverse health effects in 43% of adults.
75+% of all physician office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
Stress is linked to the six leading causes of death in adults.
Stress is a major hazard of the workplace.
Stress has been linked to issues in the home.
So, what can we do to destress?
1. Exercise. I'm not just saying this because I work in the fitness industry, but fitness is a vital part to keeping your stress under control. Even a simple, 10 minute exercise break can drop your stress levels significantly. It doesn't have to be a huge thing, just anything to get your heart rate going. My company has shown a big rise in productivity with employees that exercise on their lunch break. They are happier, calmer and more productive. So, find an exercise program that you enjoy and destress.
2. Meditate. Meditation is a wonderful way to center your mind and relax. True meditation allows you to release negative thoughts and energy and center your thoughts to a more positive focus. There are numerous apps that will assist you in mediation as well. A few of the ones leading the field are Headspace and Calm. Both are very user friendly and will guide you through different variations. Starting and ending your day is a start. Sit quietly when you wake and right before bed; close your eyes, breathe in and out for a 2 count and allow yourself to relax your muscles. With each breathe, relax a new muscle group.
3. Breathe More. Sometimes all we need is to step away and take a few extra breathes. Closing your eyes and breathing in and out slowly will instantly calm you. So, during high stress times, stop and feel your breathes, listen as you breath in 2 and out 3. This almost acts as a reboot!
4. Find Something Fun. My company has recognized that often fun can change the work environment and boost morale. They have implemented outside activities and events. Teams are going to ballgames together, racing go-carts, trying new restaurants, having meetings at my fitness facility, scheduling meetings outside during breaks and so on. Team members are loving the change and it has had a huge impact on their stress at work. I recently launched a corporate softball league and they have absolutely loved it! One senior manager sent me and the President an email stating how much that one activity has single handily changed her department. People are happier, interacting with each other and excited to come to work. The effect- less stress. Sign up for a Zumba class or an art class. Anything that you find fun and can look forward too.
5. Seek Help. As always, if your stress is out of control and your health is beginning to decline, seek medical help. There are numerous ways that physicians can assist you with destressing.
I know that stress is a touchy subject and we all have some level of stress in our lives. But finding the balance that works for you is key.