Stress! Does it Help or Harm You?

Stress! Does it Help or Harm You? 21October

This week  Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association posted an interesting article on new findings on stress in the work field. Their findings may surprise you!

Stressed out at work? A new study suggests that might actually be a good thing….provided you have control over your work.

From Money Magazine:

‘Good news: Your high-pressure job may actually be improving your health.

A new study from Indiana University has found that employees in stressful positions are a third less likely to die than those with less strenuous jobs, the Daily Telegraph reports. However, there’s one important caveat: Workers need to have control of their own workflow.’

An interesting thought, but there is bad news too. According to this article:

If we lack that control….the stress can kill us.

According to Science World Report, ‘Some jobs can indeed kill. Researchers from Indiana University Kelley School of Business analyzed 2,363 Wisconsin residents over a seven-year period and found that employees with high-stress jobs who have little decision-making freedom were more likely to die early.’

Unfortunately sometimes there is very little control over workplace stress, however, there are some stress relieving techniques that can you a sense of control and help to boost your overall well-being. According to Forbes  the top ways to reduce stress in the workplace are to:

Eat and Sleep Well

Schedule your day

Take a deep breath

In addition, taking time to mediate and/or exercise can help you let go of work related stress. Mayo Clinic states:

Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. But exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits.

It pumps up your endorphins. 

It’s meditation in motion.

It improves your mood. 

The Wickenburg Community Hospital Fitness Center is a perfect place to burn off stress and anxiety from the workplace. It offers top equipment as well as classes such as yoga. Stop in today to learn more and see what other classes are offered.


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