It is highly likely that at one point or another this week you will feel ‘stressed’. If you’re a male salesperson living in Cardiff your chances are even higher. According to Perkbox, an employee benefit scheme company, the Welsh capital topped the chart with 70 percent of workers saying they’re stressed. Wolverhampton was a close second, followed by London, Coventry and Liverpool.
Around 70 percent of men feel stressed at work, with those aged between 25-34 being the most likely to suffer with work-related stress, compared to one in three women. Finance topped the list in terms of most stressful industries, followed by national and local government and the health sector, while those working in sales and HR departments are likely to bear the brunt.
Interestingly, the smaller the company the lower your stress and anxiety levels are likely to be. Over half of those working in companies that employ over 500 people said they experienced stress at work with one in five stating long working hours as the main cause.
While a fifth of us might feel stressed several times between Monday and Friday, we don’t necessarily dislike our jobs enough to quit. So, how can we reduce work-related stress?
How to manage work-related stress
The good news is 87 percent of us do try to alleviate our stress levels. Rather than speaking to managers about reducing our stress, the majority of us head to the gym to pound it out on the treadmill. Plenty of studies have highlighted the benefits of exercise on lowering stress and anxiety levels. One study in the Journal of Neuroscience also suggested that exercise can also make your brain more resilient to stress. Whether you prefer stretching it out in yoga or sweating it out in a TRX class, there’s no one type of exercise that is better for stress, but rather whatever works best for you.
For those who want something to help lower stress levels throughout the day and can’t make it to a spin class, it’s worth looking at Magnolia Rhodiola Complex. Athough, please note that it is on pre-order only at the moment. Shabir has written about this specific supplement extensively in How To Combat Stress Effectively.
How to switch off when you’re stressed
After a long day in the office most of us want to switch off and relax. While a recent study in Science Daily found that social media doesn’t exacerbate depression, not all experts are convinced and do recommend reducing the amount of time you spend on your smartphones. Easier said than done, but even the simplest of things can make a difference, as Jackie Annesley points out in her piece The Power Of Looking Up.
Taking a long, hot soak in the bath can also make a huge difference, but for those who don’t have an hour to spare Annee de Mamiel and ilapothecary have created some incredibly soothing products that help you to switch on in seconds – Speak Your Truth Aroma Roller is particularly good.
How to sleep better when you’re stressed out
Over 65 percent of us struggle to sleep if we’ve got a lot on our plate at work. Again, Shabir has written a very good piece about Getting Sufficient Sleep, where he cites magnesium as the key mineral to help relax anxious minds. Whether you want to take a bath with Magnesium Oil Original Flakes or take a supplement, such as Neuro-Mag by Life Extension, upping your magnesium levels can also help balance your mood and alleviate PMS symptoms.
It’s also worth looking at Cherry Night by Viridian, which is a powder that boosts your levels of melatonin (the sleep hormone) over time to help you drift off more easily. The powder can be mixed in with water or juice an hour or so before you go to bed. Although you will need to give it a week or so before you really notice a difference.