Our Top Tips For Dealing With Stress
April is all about Stress Awareness and here at Fusion Occupational Health we want to encourage everyone to understand stress and how to deal with it in a more effective way.
So, What is stress?
On many occasions now, being stressed is part of our normal life. We all know what it is like to feel stressed. The demands we place on ourselves or have placed on us like work, relationships and money problems can make us feel stressed and that stress gets in the way of sorting out these demands or can even affect everything you do.
Stress affects your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. It can affect how your body works, in fact, common signs of stress include sleeping problems, sweating, loss of appetite and difficulty concentrating. Stress doesn’t just make you feel bad, it can also be bad for your health.
Here are some of the long term ill health effects from stress:
- Mental Health problems such as: Depression, Anxiety and Personality Disorders
- Cardiovascular disease including heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke
- Obesity and other eating disorders
- Skin and hair problems
- Gastrointestinal problems
There is little you can do to prevent stress, but there are many things you can to do to manage stress more effectively, such as the following:
Learn how to relax
When you feel stress, your body responds by releasing hormones that increase your blood pressure and raise your heart rate. This is called the stress response. Relaxation techniques can help your body relax and lower your blood pressure and heart rate.
Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of wellbeing. Exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits. It pumps up your endorphins. Physical activity may help bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins.
Practising Mindfulness can help you to manage stress and stressful situations. Practising mindfulness can lower stress levels and enhance empathy. Practising mindfulness regularly can help with stress, anxiety and depression.
Here at Fusion Occupational Health, we understand the importance of healthy employees and that is why we have developed our health and wellbeing application FUSE that enables your employees to access health and wellbeing support at the click of a button such as our digital mindfulness that are great for helping people deal with stress!.
For more information on how Fusion can help your employees to make healthier lifestyle choices, please contact us for a discussion with our wellbeing program manager.