Stress Management Techniques for Happier Employees

Posted in: COVID-19, Employee Benefits

On August 28th, PSA is closing at noon to give employees some “mandatory” rest and relaxation. These past few months have been stressful for everyone, so to promote mental health, we’ve put together some simple stress management techniques that can be done anywhere at any time. 

Relaxation is a great way to cope with everyday stress and to ease your mind. It is a way to refocus your attention and increase awareness in your mind and body. There are numerous types of relaxation techniques, so take some time to explore different methods to find what works best for you. By frequently practicing your relaxation methods of choice, you can improve your mental, emotional, and physical health. 

These are just six stress management techniques we compiled for our PSA employees, but you can probably find more relaxation tips on the internet 

Deep Breathing 

Deep breathing is one of the most effective ways to diminish stress. Taking a deep breath sends a message to your mind and body to unwind and calm down. Anxiety and stress related symptoms, such as increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and fast breathing, decrease as you perform deep breathing techniques 

Meditation 

Meditation is one of the most common and popular ways to relieve stress for people of all ages. The main goal of meditation is to focus your attention and thoughts to your current state of mind and become present in what is happening around youThis sends you into a calm statehelps your body repair itselfand allows you to refocus your thoughts to increase a positive mood.  

Guided Imagery  

Guided imagery is a relaxation technique in which you use your imagination to form peaceful and calming mental imagesWith this technique, it is important to incorporate each of the five senses to create images in your mind that your body can feel and visualize. For example, imagine that you are at the beach. In addition to seeing the landscape, try to feel the sand on your feet, hear the waves crashing in the distance, and smell the salt water in the air. This stress management strategy allows you to relieve physical tension and psychological stress while stimulating a more positive frame of mind.  

Get Moving  

Any type of physical activity can act as a stress reliever. From yoga to runningbeing active can go a long way towards accomplishing stress management. Exercise increases the production of endorphins in your brain that stimulate positive feelings throughout your body. Participating in regular physical activity can reduce symptoms related to anxiety and depression 

Listen to Music  

Research has shown that music has a unique link to our emotionsListening to music can have a positive effect on our mental and physical health by slowing down your heart rate, decreasing levels of stress hormones, and lowering your blood pressureMusic can also release tension throughout the body and boost positive mind set for people of all ages 

Journaling 

Journaling allows you to express your thoughts and feelings. It is a way to gain self-knowledge and solve problemsWhen writing to clear your mind, it is important to incorporate your feelings of gratitude toward the people, things, and events that mean the most to youThis is a successful way to reduce stress, strengthen your emotional resilience, and focus on the positives in your life.  

This ongoing pandemic has added a new layer of stress on all of us—spanning our professional and personal lives alike. If you have questions about stress management or you think you may need to be connected to professional help, feel free to contact me at dherndon@psafinancial.com. Please also leverage our COVID-19 Business Resources for relevant updates and educational materials regarding the pandemic. 

 

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