I’m not kidding. According to Forbes Magazine, workplace stress kills thousands of people every year in North America. More than 120,000 people every year die due to workplace stress.
That’s why on World Mental Health Day, which takes place on October 10, I’m going to talk to you a little bit about how we can reduce workplace stress. Numerous health studies have shown that constant stress and overload puts far too much strain on our minds and bodies.
One of the easiest ways to reduce stress is to take breaks. I know a lot of people claim they don’t have time for breaks, but numerous studies have shown that taking regular breaks will not only reduce your stress levels, but positively affect your productivity, concentration, memory, energy level, sleep and well-being.
Exercise is also very helpful. Studies have shown that exercise can help reduce anxiety and improve general well-being. Exercise produces chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers, as well as improving your sleep, which in turn, reduces stress.
Another excellent technique everyone should do more of is greater awareness of your breath. If you are feeling anxious, close your eyes, clear your mind and take deep breaths for five minutes. Believe me, you will be surprised to see how much better you feel afterwards. It slows your mind down.
Those are just a few things you can do to reduce workplace stress which is complicated. It comes from a variety of factors and there are a variety of reasons why people experience workplace stress. It could be related to bullying, unrealistic demands, or a dysfunctional work culture. But remember, people will always experience some level of stress. That’s why it’s called ‘work’.