Stress is a reaction we feel to any change that requires an adjustment or response. Our bodies react to these changes with thoughts, emotions and physical reactions. Stress is not entirely a bad thing. It’s normal for us to feel stress every now and then. Sometimes it can be positive, keeping us alert, motivated and excited about what we are doing. Stress becomes negative when we face constant challenges, without a time-out to pause and recharge.
The human body is designed with a system that responds to stress in different ways. These responses cause physical changes inside our bodies, preparing it to overcome these stressful situations. This system is called “fight or flight”. If our system is activated for a prolonged period of time, we start feeling the outcomes of negative stress: headaches, stomach-aches, elevated blood pressure, chest pain; sleeping problems, sweatiness, muscle tension; depression, anxiety and excessive worrying, panic attacks and relationship problems.
Research suggests that stressed employees:
Of course, most of us already know that. Especially that nowadays, it’s almost impossible to find a stress-free job. In this direction, many companies are offering employees a variety of wellness solutions such as sports benefits, medical care, coaching sessions, wellness presentations, comfortable chairs, fruits, flexible schedule, home office and many others.
What can we do as employees to keep away from stress?
Try a science-backed mindfulness meditation. Research shows that mindfulness meditation can reduce stress and it has significant impact in the workplace. How does it do that? Mindfulness works by teaching you how to:
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Guess what? You don’t have to light candles and sit on a yoga mat to do this. You can do it online through a mobile app while you drink your coffee during break.