07 Jan Are You Dying a Slow Painful Death Due to Job Stress?
Is your job slowly killing you?
If you aren’t practicing work-life balance, its possible it could be. Here are a few things you can start doing today to combat this…
For some people, a stressful job can be a real killer! Literally.
For years, doctors and medical professionals have warned the public about the negative consequences of job-induced stress and the numerous psychological and physical effects that seem to follow.
Ever hear people throw the term “work-life balance” around?
You likely have and there’s a good reason for the term existence. But what most don’t realize is its not something that is the same for all. You must develop your own understanding of what this means to you and for your mental health.
Many Americans face the challenge of balancing the demands of their careers and lives outside of work on a daily basis. It always seems that there is just too much to do and too little time to do it all in.
Many studies have demonstrated that long work hours and poor attention to one’s outside life are bad for your health.
We sleep less and suffer from fatigue; we develop greater levels of anxiety and feelings of depression; we often eat poorly on top of it and all the while our overall physical health suffers for it.
What can you do?
Create a self-care plan that works for you.
Self-care plans are schedules or timelines that focus on making your health and well-being top priority. Begin by identifying activities (big and small) that make you happy or feel good. Then set a date/time when you will do each activity. These activities can include anything from walking your dog, exercising or reading a book.
For more information on developing a self-care plan, visit the WRAP online training resources: Mental Health Recovery WRAP
Practice mindfulness and work on being present in the moment (in and out of work).
You might be hearing more and more about mindfulness lately and it’s with good reason. Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training.
Being present in the moment allows you to bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing and can help eliminate that feeling of their being too much to do with too little time.
Let go of activities that drain your energy levels.
Consider what you are spending time doing that could just be draining your energy and/or really doesn’t add any value. Work to become aware of these types of activities and cut them out of your life all together or minimize the amount of time and focus you spend on them.
Make down time as much of a priority as being efficient.
Sometimes we all need a break. This doesn’t mean your lazy or this time is wasted. It means your normal.
Down time can include taking a nap, going for a walk, spending time in a peaceful place or whatever relaxes you and allows your mind to settle.
A mental break allows you to slow down and refuel your energy levels. At one point or another, this is critical for everyone. People who are able to achieve a positive balance between time spent with focused attention and down time, often report feeling more productive, creative and replenished when they do need to challenge themselves mentally.
Move when you can. Even a little exercise will go a long way.
Whether its 10 minutes or an hour, exercising regularly has many, many positive benefits for you.
Regular exercise gives us a boost of energy and increases your mental stamina. It also controls weight (which can also lead to an improved sense of physical self), improves your mood, reduces your risk of medical complications and conditions.
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