3 stress-relief tips for every professional

January 24, 2014

Busy workers need to find ways to reduce stress levels.

Event coordinators, public relations executives and corporate leaders ranked among the top 10 of CareerCast’s most stressful jobs. These professionals, and workers in a number of different positions, are being asked to do more than ever in today’s business world. Is it possible to perform well under a lot of stress? Will this pressure affect their health? What can be done to wind down from a long, busy day? These answers, and other insights, can be found in this list of tips that professionals can use to combat stress resulting from their jobs:

Get enough sleep and eat a balanced diet
Many members of the American workforce form poor health habits when they are under a lot of stress from their job. Some will stay up all night thinking about what they have to get done the next day, while others will eat a lot of junk food and snacks because they don’t believe they have time to fix themselves a decent meal. Sharon Melnick, a business psychologist and author of “Success Under Stress,” told Forbes that these are a few ways to make things worse.

“Eating badly will stress your system,” Melnick said. “And when you’re not sleeping well, you’re not getting the rejuvenating effects.”

She advises professionals to eat a low-sugar, high-protein diet and to supplement their eating habits by getting an adequate amount of sleep. These simple steps can put people on track to reduce stress and perform better in the workplace.

Take part in regular physical activity
People can cut down their stress levels in a number of different ways, but one of the best ways to recover from a tough day at work is to participate in vigorous exercise. Americans will often grow tired of their usual routines, which is why martial arts classes can be a great alternative. Martial arts schools offer Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Tae Kwon Do courses.

These classes provide an opportunity for busy professionals to escape from their stressful careers and focus on relaxing their minds and perfecting martial arts techniques. Attending a martial arts school can help by reducing stress levels and building up mental strength.

Try to relax the mind
Much of the stress the today’s professionals feel is self-imposed. They put so much pressure on themselves to perform well and provide for their families that it can become overwhelming at times. Melnick told Forbes that the first step in fighting back against this stress is to identify it, then Americans can find ways to reduce the mental burden they are putting upon themselves.

“Learn to stop self imposing stress by building your own self-confidence rather than seeking other’s approval,” Melnick told the news source.

Finding ways to stop worrying about some of the things they can’t control will help business professionals get on the right path to reducing their stress levels, while doing better in their jobs. Workers can also do themselves a favor by knocking out behaviors such as procrastinating and slacking on the job.