Updated: Oct 13, 2020
Written by Guest Blogger - Julie Morris
Our working world has changed a lot in the last couple of decades. Once upon a time, when you left work, you actually left work. However, in our modern world, with cell phones attached to nearly everyone’s hip, you never really leave your job. Always being on call and within reach can cause a buildup of chronic stress, especially among professionals and business owners who are more likely to work in the evening and on the weekends.
We all know that stress is not very healthy for our minds or bodies, but we very rarely adopt real, proven strategies to help us cope with this stress. This can cause increased health problems, mood decline, and can even make us less productive at work. However, correctly managing your stress isn’t just a matter of taking care of your physical and mental health. If you allow your stress level to rise to an unhealthy degree, you risk becoming unfocused and inefficient at work, which can stand between you and your goals.
Before you accept your fate, there are lots of simple, effective ways to deal with your stress. Here are some places for you to get started.
You have probably heard about the positive health effects of meditation. HuffPost explains that meditation can directly reduce your stress by decreasing the activity of the amygdala, the part of your brain that controls negative emotions. In other words, meditation can help alter your stress response by directly shaping the structure of your brain.
One of the biggest reasons people don’t meditate is because they don’t think they have the time. However, if you have time to breathe, you have time to meditate. Yoga Journal even has some guided meditations that are under five minutes. These meditations are a quick and easy way for those who have never meditated before to overcome stress and become more relaxed.