How do you carry your stress?
What causes you stress?
How do you manage it so it does not consume and overwhelm you?
Stress is a normal physiological response to the ever-increasing demands of life, especially with the pace of modern life that makes stress management an essential skill. Many people juggle several responsibilities; home, work, relationships, child care, care giving, family, etc. And though we may feel our job is low stress, if home life is stressful, it can carry over to your work comfort, or vice versa. So it is important to understand and identify your triggers and learn how to manage your stress, or remove stressors completely.
Our bodies are hard wired to react and protect when a threat is perceived. Having effective stress management tools can help you return your body to a normal relaxed state. Every person is different and situations are perceived differently. And remember, home stress and work stress affect one another. If you feel overwhelmed or stressed, it can negatively impact your productivity and morale at work, and/or negatively impact your enjoyment and satisfaction with hobbies and relationships outside of work.
Stress can cause muscles to tighten up, contributing to discomfort felt in various parts of the body. At work, if we are frustrated or under a deadline, we may tend to use more force when operating the mouse or keyboard, which can lead to discomfort in the fingers, hands, wrists and forearms. Or if you tend to carry your stress in your shoulders, it may feel like your work station is causing this discomfort, though, it may only contribute somewhat, or, not even at all!
Consider these tips to help reduce your stress levels to improve your overall health and wellbeing:
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