Stress doesn’t stand a chance
Stress is omnipresent in rapidly changing daily life. The stress perceived by many people has even increased due to the coronavirus pandemic. Stress is anything but healthy and contributes to the development of many diseases. It is all the more important to ensure sufficient relaxation. An expert gives advice on how to proceed.
It’s good for you: a short break with a cup of coffee often helps to get going. (Photo: Friso Gentsch / dpa)
Work is work and leisure is leisure – that is how it should be. However, the reality is often different. It is unhealthy if your thoughts continue to revolve around your work at home. What helps? Just switch off after work: For many people, this is easier said than done – and it can become a problem.
Cortisol, the stress hormone, guarantees constant optimal performance
Because cortisol, the stress hormone, which makes you productive during work, is not broken down enough, as Julia Krampitz from the German University for Health Prevention and Management explains. It’s not healthy in the long run if your thoughts revolve around work after work. Only those who die off can recover. Fortunately, there are a few tips to help you out:
Symbolic stop switch
The first step in recovery is very simple and can still be expensive to overcome: turn off your computer and smartphone and also avoid the sound of the radio or television. By turning it off, you can symbolically enter into a kind of resting mode, the body and mind are relieved.
Put your smartphone in your pocket, put documents on the stack, turn off your computer, put on your jacket and say goodbye to your colleagues. It helps to always end the work day the same way. And to do it consciously. This ritual gives the mind to understand that it really is the end of the day.
Personal moments of pleasure
Not only is the job exhausting, but everyday tasks such as raising children, cleaning, or dealing with public authorities can be stressful. This makes it all the more important to take short breaks during which you treat yourself to something that is really good for you – have a cup of your favorite coffee or take a quiet bath. Because we must also take care to be able to switch off. (vb; source dpa / tmn)
You can find more information on the subject in the article: “Stress Relief: Stress Relief Made Easy”.
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This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. It cannot replace a visit to the doctor.