How can you reduce and retrain the human stress response?
1. Get up and move. Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress. It can decrease your level of stress hormones, focus your mind on something other than what is causing your stress, and it can be a great outlet for frustration.
2. Take breaks. Get away from your desk for a few minutes. If weather permits, go outside and get some fresh air. Pack your lunch and eat outside. Take a short walk. This can help reduce your stress and increase your concentration and productivity when you return to your work.
3. Find a few moments to be quiet. Whether you meditate, pray or just take a moment to breathe, shutting out the external and internal noise of the day can be extremely calming.
4. Find some stress relief tools. Bucky Balls are a great toy for your desk. They are great for keeping your hands busy and shifting your focus. They can also inspire creative thinking. One of our favorite stress relief products is EmWave Desktop. EmWave software system measures and shows how stress and emotions affect our heart rhythms. The software can assist you in reprogramming your body’s stress response. Traders from a Chicago firm use EmWave Desktop in the background while trading. The program’s positive effects have lowered the employees’ stress response and increased their performance.
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