Workplace stress is rising, particularly among young people, who feel extreme pressure to perform and keep their jobs.
It’s easy to live inside our heads and to stop noticing the world around us. Mindfulness teaches us to be aware of our thoughts, feelings and surroundings as they happen, allowing us to live in the present and identify signs of stress or anxiety early. Mindfulness can be as easy as regularly tuning into your thoughts through to practising yoga and meditation. If you're new to meditation, try the Headspace app.
We are what we eat, and during times of stress our body needs the right fuel. Chronic stress increases demand for protein, so boost your intake of lean meats, fish and eggs. Avoid overeating, as stress diverts blood flow away from the digestive system.
This might sound impossible, but try and cut back on caffeine! What goes up must come down, and after that initial burst of energy after your morning espresso leads to depleted energy levels in the long-term.
We often think of the mind and body as separate, but what we do with our body can have a powerful effect on our mental wellbeing. Regular exercise lowers stress hormones and reduces the risk of depression and anxiety by as much as 25%. It also lifts energy, improves sleep, boosts self-esteem and helps to keep the mind clear and calm.
We work to live, not live to work. So set aside time to enjoy hobbies or learn new skills that will help to alleviate stress and give you a sense of achievement. By taking time to look after your body and mind, you'll be better equipped to deal with whatever your job throws your way!