Stressed? Try this

It’s 5pm and it’s quitting time, or is it? A full day’s work and you still have a stack of unfinished paperwork on your desk and an inbox full of emails yet to be read.

And now you’re in bumper to bumper traffic making mental lists of what you need to accomplish tomorrow at work and what needs to be done when you get home.

You’re stressed! Stress can lead to poor job performance, accidents on the job, termination, violence and addictions. These are just some of the reasons that make work-related stress a critical issue that should not be ignored.

The main concern is what stress does to your nervous system and ultimately our overall health. Dr. Alfred Coodley, a psychiatrist at the University of Southern California Medical School, states that ‘stress is the most widespread medical problem. It’s a major contributing factor in 99 per cent of all disease and no one is immune.’

Personality conflicts with a co-worker or dealing with a difficult supervisor; technology overload–attached to work through e-mail, pagers, cell phones and faxes; understaffing due to cutbacks and downsising; lack of training or supervision; working an excess number of hours; and finding you are spending more time at work than at home are some common stresses that employers and employees combined, can reduce once both parties are aware of the problems.

If eliminating the stress is not possible, here are six easy ways keep you from becoming stressed out.

(1) Raise your shoulders and try to touch your ears. Stay in this position for a couple of seconds, then release. Try this about 10 times or until your shoulders feel less tense.

(2) For at least 30 seconds, shake your wrist and arms.

(3) Take a deep breath and hold it for seven seconds, then slowly exhale. Do this 4-6 times.

(4) Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes, 3-4 times a week.

(5) Eat healthy foods, it is often said-you are what you eat.

(6) Get a thermal jade massage 1-4 times per month depending on your level of stress.

For more information or to request a ‘Stress and the Work Place’ seminar in your office contact ChiroSpa Clinic (345) 947-CSPA (2772) or visit www.ChiroSpa.ky

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