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Deadlines, high expectations, a heavy workload, chatty co-workers, office politics…it’s no mystery why the very thought of work makes some people feel stressed. Stress is a part of life—and it’s a big part of today’s workplace. But don’t let that stress you out! There are lots of things you can do to de-stress at the office and bring more serenity to your workday.
(Aren’t you feeling better already?)
Just how big of a challenge is stress for working Americans? The 2012 Stress in America survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) reveals:
What’s more, a 2013 survey by the APA's Center for Organizational Excellence found that more than one-third of working Americans report experiencing chronic work stress.
There’s a smorgasbord of potential physical and psychological responses to stress, including headache, backache, upset stomach, feeling tired for no good reason, feeling helpless or tense and/or feeling impatient or forgetful.1 And what affects one person might not affect another. It’s enough to send you to the vending machine or out for a smoke break, isn’t it?
Stress doesn’t directly cause heart disease, but it may affect behaviors that increase the risks. So if your go-to methods of dealing with stress include overeating, smoking or drinking too much alcohol, now is a great time to learn how to manage stress more effectively—in ways that can actually help reduce your risks for heart disease. 2
We can’t eliminate all of the stressors at work, after all. But we can change the way we deal with them. So take a deep breath, smile, and think positive!
Here are some ideas you can take with you to the office:
You’re probably spending a large portion of your day here, so make it a place to combat stress head-on.
Sometimes, you’ve just got to get away from that troublesome report or email inbox.
Stay tuned for more on staying heart-healthy and active in the workplace. In the meantime…enjoy de-stressing your way to wellness!
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Combined Insurance Company of America (Chicago, IL Illinois) is a leading provider of individual supplemental accident, disability, health, and life insurance products and a Chubb company. With a tradition of nearly 100 years of success, we have an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and are one of Ward’s Top 50® Performing Life-Health Insurance Companies. Combined Insurance is also the number one Military Friendly® Employer in the over $1B revenue category for 2019 by VIQTORY. This is the company’s eighth consecutive year on the top 10 list and fifth consecutive year in the top 5—Combined Insurance was previously named the number one Military Friendly® Employer in the nation for 2015 and 2016. In New York, products are underwritten by Combined Life Insurance Company of New York (Latham, NY).
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