Stress is something we all deal with every day, because life can get complicated fast. No matter who you are or what your career job is, or what your home situation is like, we all are faced with constant stress of one kind or another.
It seems to be just one of those things that is hard to escape. But, if you don’t learn to handle your stress level, you will end up burning out and facing some serious health problems.
Women especially have to deal with high stress levels from their jobs, especially when they are in decision making and leadership positions which requires people management. People management can have emotional costs. Career jobs can feel like they take all the energy you’ve got, just to get through the work day.
After work, you may find yourself facing another kind of stress that begins as soon as you walk out the door of your job. You have to switch gears and deal with relationship, family and home stress. Whether it is worrying about your kids, what you are going to cook for dinner, or taking care of some errands, stress can build up. Either way, it can seem like there isn’t much time to catch your breath between work and home, so it is important to know how to take care of yourself.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by stress at your job or in your personal life, there are a few things to keep in mind which will help to lessen the load. These tips are good for women or men.
Here are 6 tips on avoiding burnout at the job and at home:
1-Get enough rest
Most people underestimate their need for sleep. Common sense tells you that you need sleep to be able to have energy, but we all abuse your sleep time. Things come up, and people around you can make demands on your time that cause you to lose sleep. Don’t let your social obligations keep you for being responsible for your own well being.
2-Cut back on sugar and caffeine
We all know the detrimental effects of too much sugar in our diets and drinking too much caffeine. But, it is easy to just give in to foods and snacks that are easily available and convenient to grab. Sugar has been linked as a main cause for serious health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, heart problems and the worldwide rise in chronic diseases. Too much caffeine can have some serious side effects like headaches, dehydration, nervousness, diarrhea, heartburn, rapid heartbeat and increased blood pressure. The side effects are not worth how these two things affect your health.
3-Get up, stretch and move around
There is no substitute for getting regular exercise. This is the most important thing you can do to reduce stress and stay healthy. During the work day, make sure you take a few moments every hour or two just to bend down and stretch. Touch your toes, roll your shoulders, bend your knees and stay flexible. Walk whenever you can and use stairs instead of the elevator. Take exercise breaks every 1 to 2 hours. This will help you feel better, no matter how much stress you have on your shoulders. Getting outside and breathing fresh air is essential for good health.
Using your breath is a simple way to address mental frustration and release pressure. Take a deep breath in, and let it out slowly. Oxygen will rush to your brain and help you think better. If you have an interest in religious practices such as meditation, or prayer, allow a few moments to do what you need to do throughout the day. Just by breathing, you are refreshing your body and being healthier.
5-Drink plenty of water
Getting enough water is one thing that most of us fail to do every day. Water is life. You need it to survive. And during times of stress, water can help you recover your emotions and focus your thoughts. Drink as much water as you can, so your body can flush out toxins. Water is needed for every type of physical process that is important to your health. Drink at least 8 to 10 cups of water during the day, and keep in mind that you need extra water whenever you are exercising, especially if you are a runner.
6-Schedule time to unwind
Here is my number one stress reliever. Make sure you plan on having some quiet time every day. This is something you never want to cut out of your schedule. Sit still, relax, breath, lay down and do whatever you need to do to let your mind unwind. Whatever happened during the day to make you stressed out is not worth it. Let it go. Empty your mind of thoughts that are negative or worrysome. Take a few moments or take a half hour to an hour. Use that time just for you. Live in the moment. Cherish the simple things. Relish the sunshine. Put your schedule on pause. Don’t let stress take its toll on your health. Think positive and remember to be grateful for all the good in your life.