Today we turn our minds to the many workers and non workers who are suffering from stress and stress related illness such as anxiety and depression.
The theme this year is does Hi-tech cause hi stress?
Having struggled to get my web cam working on Skype today I can honestly say I feel really frustrated, why is everything I do such hard work??? Also a major disagreement with work colleagues yesterday has left me ruminating.
These negative cognitive and behavioural influences could leave me feeling stressed and under pressure.
if like me you have similar thoughts and feelings the following tips might help.
Stay positive. Laughter has been found to lower levels of stress hormones, reduce inflammation in the arteries, and increase "good" HDL cholesterol.
Meditate. This practice of inward-focused thought and deep breathing has been shown to reduce heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure. Meditation's close relatives, yoga and prayer, can also relax the mind and body.
Exercise. Every time you are physically active, whether you take a walk or play tennis, your body releases mood-boosting chemicals called endorphins. Exercising not only melts away stress, it also protects against heart disease by lowering your blood pressure, strengthening your heart muscle, and helping you maintain a healthy weight.
Unplug. It's impossible to escape stress when it follows you everywhere. Cut the cord. Avoid emails and TV news. Take time each day — even if it's for just 10 or 15 minutes — to escape from the world.
Find ways to take the edge off your stress. Simple things, like a warm bath, listening to music, or spending time on a favourite hobby, can give you a much-needed break from the stressors in your life.