Here are five best practices for keeping your adrenaline levels from getting out of control on the job.
1: Look out the window.
People who sit near a window have 23% fewer complaints
If you're stuck in a cubicle, make frequent trips past the lobby.
2: Exercise outside. People who buy Nordic Tracks rarely keep it up, because indoor settings don't
generate the positive effects on mood that outdoor settings do.
3: When working out, it's okay to go slow.
Exercise at 80% or 40% of capacity. The effect on stress is still the same as long as you work out for at least 20 to 30 minutes.
4: After your workout, relax.
After an aerobic workout, find a place to lie down; close your eyes and enjoy the floating, narcotic effect of the endorphins you just released. It lasts for 20 minutes.
5: Change your mindset.
We become stressed when we dwell on the problem instead of on finding a solution. The trick is to look for ways to take control.
Example: A 15-minute commute takes an hour each day because of traffic. Instead of getting mad a) come in an hour earlier and leave an hour earlier. b) Listen to cassettes in gridlock. c) make phone calls from the car. d) etc
Once you gain control over the situation, you've taken a big step toward reducing stress. (Maybe)
Five Times Tips.
1) Close your hands in a tight fist for 10 seconds and slowly open them. Five times.
2) Roll your head from side to side. Five times.
3) Tighten your toes, hold them for 10 seconds, and release. Five times.