Hey, we get it. We know you’re stressed at work. Stress is a lot I mean who wouldn’t be going into Q4? Invoices are due, the holiday shopping season is about to begin, and Halloween costumes are to be planned.
It’s a lot! So, we compiled some calming facts for you to keep in mind when gearing up for the rest of this year.
- Laughing can lower stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine, and adrenaline. Laughing can also strengthen your immune system by releasing health-enhancing hormones.
- Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; and New York, New York are the three most stressful cities in the US.
- Napping has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, which aids in stress relief.
- Dark chocolate can reduce stress hormones. Cocoa is also rich in antioxidants called flavonoids.
- *Cough, cough* I’m not calling out our office, but a study found that the presence of a companion dog in a group work setting encouraged participants to be more cooperative, communicative, and friendly toward each other than in groups where there was no companion dog. Might be time to rethink our office’s “No Dog” policy…
- Myth buster! Stress can’t turn your hair gray, but you can lose it.
- Eat your veggies because Yale researchers reported in the journal Military Medicine that after survival training, “carbohydrate administration”—eating complex carbs like those found in carrots and potatoes—boosted soldiers’ cognitive functioning.
- Grown-up coloring books have been shown to reduce stress, relieve anxiety, and even act as an aid for patients recovering from strokes.
- The smell of coffee reduces the stress caused by sleep deprivation and damage caused by stress.
- That lump you feel in your throat when you’re nervous or crying is an autonomic response to stress that expands the glottis in an attempt to provide you with more oxygen. Try taking deep breaths when you feel overwhelmed.
- A quiet, meditative stroll can do wonders for stress relief, especially when we step outdoors. Try not to rush, and take whatever pace feels most natural.
- Keeping a journal may be one way to effectively relieve stress-related symptoms due to its meditative and reflective effect.