5 Ways to Reduce Your Stress At Work : Living Healthy and Happy 2014

This original article was written for The Brighter Business Magazine. Brighter Business Empower is the place small business owners learn BIG ideas. Learn more here www.brighterbusinessempower.com

We all know that running a business and living every day life are no easy task.  And it never helps when we’re stressed at work. 

1 out of 5 Canadians, which is approximately 6.7 million people, experiences a significant mental health problem in any given year. (Source: The Mental Health Commission of Canada, Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada, 2012)

The Mental Health Commission of Canada estimates that in the year 2011 Canadian employers incurred $6 billion in lost productivity costs.  Including job turnover costs and "presenteeism" costs.  Presenteeism occurs when an employee is physically present but mentally absent.

Every day 500,000 Canadians are off sick due to mental health problems.  But there are ways to reduce stress at work. 

Take Care of Yourself - You've running around taking care of everyone else but you.  Do what YOU need to do to take care of YOU.  It might be as simple as giving yourself permission to take 30 mins to do something you love like reading a book, watching a TV show or going for a walk.  But if you don't take care of yourself, you won't be able to take care of anyone else.

© Christina Rowsell
Take a Deep Breath – There’s a great saying, “Life is 10% of what happens and 90% of how you react.”  If we can just take a deep breath, and take a step back before reacting, you may reduce your stress by calming yourself first. 

Validate your feelings - Either take the time to write out in a journal how you’re feeling to make it real, or find a friend who will listen. Once we validate that what we're going through is real we can deal with
the issues head on.  If you find yourself overwhelmed, know that it's real.  Once you can identify what you're feeling you'll be able to find
a solution towards making a change.

Be Thankful - Starting your day off on the wrong foot is never a good way to begin.  But you can make a choice on how you go about your day.
Find something to be grateful for.  Once you have an attitude of gratitude, it will create blessings.  And by having a positive attitude, you'll be able to enjoy your day more.  Besides if you're happy,
everyone else around you will be too.  Happiness is contagious.

Surround yourself with GREAT people - If you are constantly hanging around with people who bring you down, your stress will go up.  Find those people who lift your spirits.

© Christina Rowsell

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