It is safe to say that we are not a nation that is cooping fantastically with the issues of stress. According to a report released only this week by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, stress appears to be the leading cause of long term absence from work. The original culprits were disease; back pain (due to office furniture) and RSI however it appears with tighter budgets, tougher workloads and the scary prospect of redundancies will have boosted the stress levels. It seems that the usual methods of stress relief aren’t working so why not try some new ones.
Stand on your head – It may seem unusual but it is a proven fact. If you aren’t able to do this then getting as upside down as possible will do. The reason for doing this is to get blood to your head. If you are doing this on your office desk or on your operator chair then it is advised that you make sure that everyone has left! As outlined the reason for doing this is to get the blood flowing through and to the pituitary and hypothalamus glands that are vital for our wellbeing as they regulate all the other glands in the body.
Eat more raw food – The reason for this is that stress strips the body of essential nutrients. As well as this it promotes the creation of free radicals that oxidise and damage the body’s tissues. If your diet is 50-75% raw food, you will get valuable nutrients that are rich in compounds called flavonoids that neutralise the oxidised free radicals. Also it is easier to eat at the office and less mess will spread onto your desk.
Eliminate dairy products for 3 weeks – This also might sound strange, but a lot of people have small allergic reactions to dairy without even knowing it. These allergic reactions come out as “nervous” symptoms causing stress. After 3 weeks slowly introduce dairy back into your diet and see if the stress levels increase.