If you're popping off at your family and coworkers with mean and nasty (and later retracted) statements or feel more than exhausted and overwhelmed at work, perhaps it's time to focus on the factors that create "meanness" at work and how to start turning things around more effectively.
The problem could it be what you're eating every day for breakfast and lunch.
The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health found that work- and stress-related burnout affects women's weight and behavior. Women who felt burned out at the beginning or end of the study were far more likely to either eat when upset or to binge-eat, compared with those who did not suffer from burnout. Women without burnout were also less likely to overeat as a result of frustration.
Researcher Nina Nevanpera studied 230 working women and how feelings of exhaustion, cynicism and low self-esteem affected their overall behavior.
She finds that women with feelings of burnout "have a hindered ability to make changes in their eating behavior." She suggests higher-fiber diets and avoiding delays between meals.
If you're feeling angry too often at work (or other places), try chewing on more of these foods to feel calmer and more at ease:
Not only can foods and snacks like these help with anger, eating more like this can help you shed pounds, too - a pleasant proposition! According to Aetna’s "what’s your healthy?" survey, 33% of respondents to the study say they could drop eating large portions in exchange for being healthier.
If these alternatives are not possible for you, get at least seven to nine hours of good sleep each night.
And prepare yourself for this restful sleep by turning out or dimming lights at least an hour before hitting the hay. Shut off the TV and other electronic devices, play some soft music, diffuse relaxing essential oils such as lavender and do some light stretching. If you're especially keyed up, try taking a natural sleep aid, such as valerian. There are no side effects and it helps create deep, natural sleep.
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