Stress is like holiday sweets. A little can be a good thing. But too much can make us sick—and may increase our risk of getting hurt.
Many people experience more stress than usual this time of year. If you and your employees are feeling the strain, here are some strategies that can help:
Take a breather. A few deep, calming breaths can help you relax and refocus. Mindfulness and meditation also may reduce risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure.
Minimize distractions. Constant interruptions can make you more tense and less productive. Forward phone calls, silence texts, or put email on hold for a few hours so you can concentrate on getting work done.
Get moving. A brisk walk in the fresh air or stretching break at your workstation can help clear your mind. Exercise also boosts your mood and helps banish stress hormones.
Build your defenses. Healthy foods, exercise, and adequate rest can boost your immunity and supply the stamina you need to stay strong during stressful times.