April 7, 2014
Hello Monday, if you’re like many people, you work in an office that isn’t your own. While an office environment can be highly productive, spending long hours there can be pretty stressful, and stress is something that can be very damaging for your health. Monday’s are known for being the most stressful day of the week, but it doesn’t have to be. Let’s change your Manic Monday into happy Monday with some small changes.
Take Your Break
It is easy to skip your break on Mondays but don’t do it. Your brain will be able to function and make decisions easier when you give it a break. Just think “short bursts” “short break.” If you can’t leave for very long just try stepping out of the office or house to take a quick walk around the building and get yourself a burst of fresh air. You’ll even be giving yourself some extra energy for the day, as short bursts of exercise can help make you feel more alert.
Listen to Music
Listening to music, even at a very low volume while you’re working, can greatly reduce the stress hormone cortisol in your body and help distract you from the pressure of work. Make sure you put on calming happy music, not anything heavy that could effect your mind towards the negative. If you can’t turn on some low music at your desk or use ear buds in the office, taking a few minutes to listen to music that you enjoy on your break can really help you feel better. It can also help you be more productive when you do get back to your post.
There also vitamins that can help you.You can choose healthful options that can reduce our body’s production of, the stress hormone.Since our bodies produce more cortisol the longer we go without eating, having a small meal every 3 to 4 hours can help regulate our body’s production of cortisol and can reduce the stress response.
Research indicates that our bodies are better able to fight stress. Increasing our vitamin C intake also slows our body’s production of cortisol. Citrus fruits and berries are wonderful sources of vitamin C.
Protein and Zinc
Protein and zinc both reduce the production of cortisol. High-quality sources such as lean meats, oysters, beans and legumes can drastically reduce our stress levels and further helps us by keeping our insulin levels balanced throughout the day.