Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Addressing Stress

Addressing Stress
Exercise, healthy eating, and getting plenty of restful sleep were the focus last week in our newest wellness incentive challenge, In Tune. This week participants are experimenting with relaxation techniques such as meditation, centering, deep breathing, and progressive relaxation to help them better cope with everyday stressors.
While many of us would like to be able to eliminate everyday stressors like work deadlines, traffic gridlock, and busy schedules, the reality is that these aren’t going to go away anytime soon. The key is to change our typical response to the stressors so that we don’t allow it to cause unrest in our everyday life or long term health problems.
A number of CSS employees have signed on to take the In Tune challenge. Employees are taking stock of the stressors that trigger an increase in heart rate, sweaty palms, upset stomachs, nervousness, and quicker breathing rate. All of these combined are referred to as the stress response. Frequently mentioned stressors include:
  • Regular distractions like phone calls and e-mails
  • Heavy traffic and long commutes
  • Tight work deadlines
  • Balancing work and home
  • Job insecurity
  • Financial challenges
  • Keeping up with technology
During the next several weeks, participants will continue to try new stress management strategies to determine which create the best harmony in their life. Stay tuned for more information about how employees are taking charge of the stress in their life by transitioning stress management strategies into everyday stress management habits.