Managing stress in the workplace

Use the right fuel!

Managing stress in the workplace

Managing stress in the workplace

You have the potential to overcome work stress and change your life, be more productive by managing stress in the workplace using the following information:

If we have our needs met; as described in the five levels of Maslows Hierarchy(1943), then whatever life throws at us we are then prepared and ready, one of our needs is good nourishment.

When we are at work if we have the right fuel inside we have a good chance that we will be able to face the challenges that work brings.

If a car is filled with the wrong fuel it will not work, similarly if you eat the wrong food or drink, your body, mind and emotions will not work as well.

Managing stress in the workplace helps stress levels.

Stress is a signal to the mind and body that something needs to change. I get a stress signal in the morning around 11am, a feeling of ‘heat’, this alerts me to drink water.

When blood sugar levels are low we may feel tired, weak and irritable, we begin producing stress hormones as a response so as to raise our blood sugar levels, the presence of stress hormones such as cortisol andadrenaline in the blood can lead to cravings.

This may mean at work(and elsewhere) that you want to drink caffeine, eat sugar and processed food, as a means of attempting artificial recovery to mop up the stress hormones.

Other examples of negative artificial recovery are:

· Aggressiveness,

· Cigarettes,

· Prescription drugs such as tranquilisers and pain killers

· Drugs such as cannabis,

· Alcohol

· Soft drinks

· Over-eating

· Excessive exercise

· Electro-magnetic pollution

The above negative artificial recovery ‘strategies’ are unconscious.

Boost energy levels:

Keep blood sugar levels constant by improving nutrient intake and

combat this stress cycle,and managing stress in your workplace.

Help yourself to manage stress , using these techniques:

· Eat 3 meals a day of up to 300grams of carbohydrate; this includes starting the day with a breakfast such as oats, (not processed sugary cereals).

· Eat protein, but keep within daily recommendations of 56 grams of protein for males and 44-46 grams of protein for females, (western diets usually have much more protein than the above)

· Eat fat in your diet but keep within daily recommendations

· Eat as much fresh food as possible

· Reduce or avoid refined, processed/packaged foods and drinks

· Reduce/avoid caffeine/sugar and sugary fizzy drinks including low calorie drinks

· Drink 2 litres of water a day

· Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables

· Snack on fruit, nuts/ seeds (only eat, however, a handful of nuts and seeds a day-they are high in fat)

· Avoid frying foods

All the above are healthy recovery strategies for stress at work or elsewhere.

I take fresh food to work, (including homemade soups in the winter) so I am not tempted to go and buy something high in fat and calories, on the high street!

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