Managing Workplace Stress for Heart Health
It’s natural to experience daily stress, but extreme stress can cause significant health issues, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. Reducing and managing stress can positively impact your mental and physical health. ADAMH Director of Clinical Services, Jennifer Martinez, provides these tips for managing workplace stress:
- Exercise. Exercising not only improves your physical health but your mental health as well! Endorphins are released during exercise and can lift your mood and reduce stress. Yoga, running and weight training are great types of exercise.
- Breaks. Take small breaks throughout the day. Taking a few minutes to yourself helps recharge the mind and body and reduces stress. Also, studies have shown that those who take breaks throughout the day are more productive than those who don’t. Get up and take a walk around the office or take a few minutes to enjoy the weather during warmer months.
- Unwind. Use your personal days. Give yourself a break from work and relax. Do not use your personal days as work-from-home days. Spending time doing things you enjoy, such as reading, getting coffee with a friend or seeing a movie, can lower your stress.
- Communication. Maintain good communication. Miscommunication or a lack of communication can lead to a stressful situation. If you are unclear of a task or assignment, ask your supervisor for clarification. Stress can be avoided easily if you communicate effectively with others.
- Time Management. Good time management can also help reduce stress. Keep track of deadlines and ongoing projects. Organize your work and keep a schedule so you know what to expect from week to week. Being prepared for the work week can greatly reduce workplace stress and anxiety.