A person’s working environment can have a huge effect upon how they deal with work-related stress. No one knows this more than entrepreneurs and business owners, who often have to cope with the daily pressures of work by dealing with it on their own, away from any colleagues, managers or welcomed office distractions.
A recent study, by global office suppliers Viking, has revealed that a worrying number of people working from home (49%) said they had no one to talk to at all about this stress.
This is in contrast to 67% of office workers who do have someone to talk to about work-related stress, whether it‘s a colleague, manager or a friend. The study also revealed that home workers tend to do more overtime than those who work in an office, with a third of home workers doing overtime almost every day.
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Since feelings of isolation and working abnormally long hours can have a negative impact on a person’s mental health, it’s important to remember that these feelings can be successfully managed.
1. Try a breathing technique
This is something you can do wherever you are and it can provide instant relief from any anxiety and tension you may be feeling. Inhale steadily through your nose with your mouth closed, whilst counting to four in your head.
Hold your breath for seven seconds, then, exhale through your mouth and allow your stomach muscles to relax.
Exhale through your mouth, to a count of eight, and repeat the cycle at least four times.
It’s been scientifically proven to help reduce stress, improve creativity levels, and strengthen your ability to concentrate, leading to better overall performance. Meditation has a prehistoric origin and is found throughout history. It’s frequently promoted by countless influential people, such as the Dali Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, and Paul McCartney.
3. Listen to relaxing music
This affects the psychobiological stress system in our brains, which can help to reduce symptoms of tension and worry. Music has a uniquely emotional link with our feelings, which means that listening to certain genres, or even songs, can have a temporary impact on how we feel. Classical compositions, in particular, have shown to have beneficial effects on physiological functions, such as slowing down the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.
You’ll be surprised at how much this can affect your mental wellbeing. Exercising regularly is a well-known tactic for boosting our immune systems and improving mood.
In fact, exercise is a recommended treatment for mild to moderate stress or depression.
This is because endorphins are released in the brain when a person endures physical activity, these act as sedatives, as well as analgesics, which help to diminish the perception of pain.
5. Get enough sleep
People tend to underestimate the impact that sleep can have on our mental and physical health. Without it, you run the risk of becoming exhausted, which has been linked with poor health issues, high-stress levels, and feelings of depression. Therefore, it’s recommended that an adult should try to get roughly 7 – 9 hours of shut-eye a night. This enables our brain to maintain its functionality and allows our bodies to recover overnight.
Find out how stressed you are and read more about Viking’s findings here.