Safety Tips Off the job Wellness

Feeling stressed at work?

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Increased workloads, long hours, layoffs, work-life balance – these are just some of the reasons why you might be feeling stressed at work. And you’re not alone: Results of a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association in January show that 84% of U.S. adults were experiencing at least one emotion associated with prolonged stress, including anxiousness, sadness and anger.

“The reasons for workplace stress can seem completely out of your control,” the National Safety Council says. “Some are, and some are not. With preparation and coping strategies, you can help eliminate some of the stress and have a healthy, productive work-life balance.”

Here are some tips from NSC for reducing your stress levels:

  • Talk to your manager, your doctor, a family member or friend about what’s causing your stress. They can help you find a solution.
  • Leave your work at work. “For example,” NSC says, “put your hard hat in your locker or shut off your work phone while thinking, ‘Work is done for today. When I get home, I will do X for myself and my family.’”
  • Eat healthy food and healthy portions. Sugary, fried, salty or processed foods can complicate health issues such as diabetes and heart disease, which can cause you stress.
  • Exercise for 30 minutes a day.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. “For most adults, sleeping seven to nine hours a night helps restore your mental and physical energy,” NSC says.

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