Here are a few simple, yet highly effective suggestions for those who may be experiencing workplace anxiety:
- Schedule quality social time. Each week, schedule some time with a friend to just hang out and laugh.
- Meditate regularly. Even 5 minutes a day can help lower blood pressure, and can help you control the thoughts that trigger anxiety.
- Learn to say “no.” Being overworked and over-committed leads to anxiety. Don’t feel obligated to say “yes” to everything for fear you won’t be liked.
- Reconnect with your spiritual roots. When you’re chronically stressed, it’s easy to forget about your place in the bigger picture. Prayer, meditation, chanting, or other rituals are great ways to get perspective on what’s stressing you – and relieve that pressure.
- Get enough sleep. Work-related anxiety is magnified when you’re sleep-deprived and foggy-headed.
- Get creative. Carve out some time to tap into your inner child (e.g., cooking dinner, handwriting a card to a friend, creating a vision board, etc.).
- Exercise regularly. Physical activity releases stress-relieving chemicals.
- Eat whole foods. Processed food can cause you to feel even more stressed than you already are.
- Cultivate a grateful attitude. You can take the sting out of negative events by focusing on what’s good in your life.
- Engage in appropriate sexual activity. Sex increases the production of oxytocin (often referred to as the “love hormone”). Before achieving an orgasm, oxytocin levels in the brain surge and are accompanied by a release of endorphins.
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