Are long days at work stressing you out and sapping your energy?
If so, you certainly aren’t alone. Americans rank amongst the hardest-working people in the world, in terms of hours spent at an office or place of business. Unfortunately, the stress and pressures of modern employment can cause fatigue, irritability, indigestion, weight gain, and a host of other (potentially serious) health problems.
Since giving up work isn’t a realistic option for most of us, here are four great ways you can fight employment-related stress every day:
#1: Leave work at work – Some level of stress at work is unavoidable, especially if you have the kind of job that includes deadlines and responsibilities. But, there’s no reason you have to bring that tension home with you. Leave the laptop, turn off the phone, and use your downtime to relax and unwind. Oftentimes, this is easier said than done. Certain professions do not allow for this, such as being an educator. However, Dr. Rebeck can help you cope with those demands.
#2: Don’t leave loose ends – You can make it easier to leave your worries at the office by tying up loose ends before you leave. Return phone calls, file away paperwork, and get your desk organized for the next day. That way, these details won’t be on your mind when you should be focusing on friends and family.
#3: Get more sleep and exercise – Sleep, exercise, and a healthy diet are natural stress-fighters. While you might feel too tired to work out, or too stressed to skip your favorite late-night talk show, picking up healthier habits will make it easier for you to unwind in the long run.
#4: Change career paths – If you’re constantly stressed out by your job, it might be time to look at a new career path. It’s never too late to do something that makes you happy, especially if it improves your physical and mental health at the same time.
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