As a career professional, no matter what position, it is important to ask yourself “What is my stress outlet?”
Meaning, what activities do you engage in to reduce stress from your daily life?
Studies have shown the benefit of exercise to mental health can be significant. Exercise helps you to digest the day, replacing the stress for a healthy dose of endorphins. Those endorphins allow your body to relax and melt the tensions away, helping you maintain a positive outlook lasting well after your workout. Exercise is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration and enhancing overall cognitive function and fitness. These benefits can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate. For myself, I force myself into a workout class as often as possible. Doing Pilates or indoor cycling pushes me to the point where I can only focus on my next breath, forgetting about all of the day’s stress. The group setting also allows me to push myself to the limit and while socializing in a positive environment. In so many ways, exercise helps me to reset my body and mind and keeps the daily stress as bay.
But you don’t always have to engage in a rigorous workout. Meditation, acupuncture, massage therapy, even breathing deeply — all of these actions can cause your body to produce endorphins.
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Many studies also point to creative expressions as helping reduce stress. In the Journal of Public Health (2010), authors Stuckey and Nobel explore art and its relationship to healing. In their research, they found that there is a health benefit to having a creative outlet. Whether you are an artist or an observer of art, a writer or musician, the benefits of these artistic mediums in reducing stress is significant. Art can help by forcing focus away from the stressful experience and into the art piece weather you are creating, observing or listening.
Here is what some of our staff members do to reduce stress. What is our outlet?
Are you having difficulty figuring out an outlet to release your stress? Schedule a visit with a primary care physician and discuss your options.
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By Kaitlin Alderete