We must learn to combat the stress so that our minds and bodies are strong enough to deal with the root cause of it. Relieving the stress we feel because of financial issues can give us the breathing space we need to start researching debt consolidation or other ways to minimize unnecessary expenses.
Ergonomics has been defined as “the science that studies human stress and strain related to activities.” Following these ergonomic tips can help to reduce stress in your work place and in your life:
Naturally, you know that you should get a good night’s sleep; however, many people who are under stress find sleep to be elusive. To give yourself the gift of a restful night:
Invest in a good mattress, one that is firm but allows you to comfortably change positions during the night
Sleep on your back with a pillow under your knees
Relax before bedtime with some chamomile tea, a good book or some meditation — and turn off all screens at least an hour before bedtime
Even when you get a good night’s sleep, it is important to give your body and mind a rest during the day. Take a break every hour (set an alarm to remind yourself) to do some stretches, walk around or chat with a friend.
Clutter has been scientifically proven to raise stress levels. So, to reduce the latter, reduce the former. Clean up your desk, your purse and your car. Declutter your computer desktop and the apps on your phone. It doesn’t have to be a big project. Invest five or ten minutes at the end of each day to decluttering your environment.
One great cause of stress for many people is a feeling (some would argue it's a reality) that there isn’t enough time for everything that needs to be accomplished. One way to create time is to start the day a few minutes earlier. While sleep is crucial, so is starting the day with a sense of calm and abundance of time. If it means setting the alarm for 10 minutes earlier, do it — and then go to bed 10 minutes earlier.
Days off are for recharging, renewing and refreshing. Whether it is a weekend or a yearly break, take vacation time as an opportunity to disconnect from external elements and reconnect with your internal ones.
Water is linked to stress reduction. Scientific studies show that your cortisol hormone levels increase from being just half-a-liter dehydrated. Keep a large bottle of water on your desk to make hydration easy and keep the cortisol levels in balance. Aim for six to eight cups of straight water — not coffee or soda — each day.
Color, design and comfort — these are all things we consider when buying furniture, but getting a mocha-colored chair or a latte-colored sofa will have no effect on your stress levels. Considering ergonomic furniture features will dramatically decrease your level of stress. Opt for chairs with adjustable heights, seat backs and arm rests, and use desks that accommodate both sitting and standing positions.
Here are some best practices to follow:
Sometimes, a list like this one may seem like eight more things you must get done. This is not one of those lists. In fact, reducing stress is so beneficial that doing it should be fun. Think of ways to make a game out of this. You could enlist the help of a de-stressing buddy and help each other along. You could gamify the list to give yourself a little reward for each of these eight items you complete successfully. Or do both — get a friend to do this with you and give each other small rewards for each success!
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