Feeling Elevated Levels of Stress? Acupuncture May Provide the Relief You Need
You have a headache, can’t think clearly, and you’re leaving your workday feeling drained, unmotivated and anxious. If you’re like many American adults, you are probably suffering from the effects of workplace stress. There have been numerous studies that prove job stress is the major source of stress in one’s life, and unfortunately numbers only continue to escalate, which begs the question: why the increase?
While situations vary from person to person, we know that work-related stress can be related to the way jobs are designed and managed, lack of control over work processes, poor management, poor working conditions, bullying, harassment, and lack of support from supervisors and friends.
Research indicates that the most stressful form of work is that which values excessive demands and pressures that aren’t equally matched with an employee’s skillset, knowledge and abilities.
- 76% of respondents said workplace stress had a negative effect on their personal relationships
- 66% have lost sleep because of stress-related work duties
- 16% have quit their jobs because stress was too overwhelming
Some stress is inevitable and expected especially when you are starting a new job position and learning the ropes. However, if you find yourself miserable and constantly thinking about work matters outside of work, this could be a sign of a bigger problem. So, what can you do to prevent unnecessary work stress? We highly suggest taking into consideration the below suggestions that will not only make work more enjoyable, but it will also keep your health and wellness in check.
Express your career goals with your manager
If you have specific career goals in mind and an idea on how to get there, be sure to communicate these desires to your manager so they are made aware. Taking this initiative will ensure your manager is on the same page which should make the transition towards achieving these goals in the future, easier, as you’ll be able to determine what priorities are necessary for the big picture and future success. This planning should help reduce stress down the road.
Move throughout the day
Even if you have an office job, do your best to get up every so often to get some fresh air and circulation moving. Standing, stretching, going for a walk are all beneficial ways to improve your mental and physical health while you’re at work. Taking these breaks can reduce levels of stress you might otherwise experience.
Take advantage of your paid time off and sick days
Remember that you are entitled and work hard for your vacation time and sick days- don’t ever feel as though you shouldn’t take this time away. These are your hours to enjoy and sometimes a mental break is necessary to reflect and recharge. Work absences can boost productivity and general engagement once you return. You will be helping your employer in the end, because you’ll likely work more effectively after this well-deserved break.
Get as much sleep as possible
Not getting the sleep your body and mind requires, can negatively impact you in several ways. When it comes to your job, a restless sleep could disrupt your focus and creativity levels, reduces problem solving skills, and generally takes away from your productivity. While downtime is necessary after work for many, you may be regretting it if it means going to bed at midnight. Make a good night’s sleep a priority so you’re not dealing with exhaustion on top of your responsibilities the next day. Good sleep habits can limit the levels of workplace stress you’ll experience and keep your attention on duties that need to be accomplished for the day.
How Can Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncture is proven to reduce stress and even reverse the effects of stress. Research shows that acupuncture stimulates the release of oxytocin, a hormone that signals and regulates the parasympathetic nervous system. Acupuncture also addresses the effects of stress, like high blood pressure, elevated blood glucose levels, and insomnia.
Regardless of your line of work, discovering what you can do to manage and reduce stress is extremely important for your well being and overall quality of life. Acupuncture is proven to limit stress levels and can even reverse its effects. How does it work? When you receive acupuncture, the process encourages the release of oxytocin, which is a hormone that signals the parasympathetic nervous system, regulating it appropriately. Acupuncture will also improve the direct causes of stress, which are often linked to things like high blood pressure, insomnia, elevated blood glucose levels, and more.
If this year has been causing you ongoing stress, do yourself a favour and make an appointment with All Points to discuss your symptoms. A new year means a new start, and we want to help relieve your stress through a personalized approach to treatment. Your mental health matters. Always make looking after yourself a priority before work matters. Work stress, while unavoidable sometimes should never take over and affect your long-term mood.
Call us today for more information on our acupuncture services in New Jersey.
January 8, 2020