Strained relationships with managers, excessive workloads, difficult assignments: so many factors can cause work-related stress.Stress, the body's reaction to a perceived threat or pressure, throws the nervous system off balance and releases adrenalin. If triggered repeatedly, stress wears down the body's resistance and exhausts its capacity to respond. Permanent stress results in physical and intellectual fatigue, and must be dealt with before it can lead to burn-out.
Our 4 tips for breaking the stranglehold of stress:
- reduce your intake of coffee, a powerful stimulant
- follow a course of homeopathic treatment based on magnesium and other mineral to restore the body's balance
- exercise to release endorphins, the hormones that produce a sense of wellbeing and calm
- take deep-breathing breaks to relax tense muscles
Do you have trouble getting to sleep, sleep badly or find yourself wide awake two hours before the alarm goes off? The stress of your working day is affecting the quaity of your sleep. Dread of what the next day will bring, rproblems dealing with colleagues or pressure of work all prey on your mind, preventing you from falling asleep or disrupting the quality of your sleep.
Here are 6 reflexes to adopt against insomnia:
- follow a treatment based on plants with sedative and relaxing properties: passiion flower, valerian or hawthorn
- reduce your intake of coffee during the afternoon
- eat a light evening meal at least an hour and a half before going to bed: digestion can prevent sound sleep
- keep to a regular bedtime to reset your biological clock
- banish computers and mobile phones from the bedroom, which should be a room exclusively dedicated to sleeping
- lower the temperature of the bedroom: body temperature falls prior to sleep
Sensations of heartburn, nausea and bloating at work may be stress-related: stress increases the secretion of gastric acid, whihc may trigger stomach pains. Before this can develop into an ulcer, the most advanced phase of stomach inflammation, take the time to deal with your stress and modify your diet to aid digestion.
Here are five good habits to adopt to avoid stomach pains:
- avoid heavily spiced or vingary foods, onions, citrus fruit and fruit with a high acid content that can trigger heartburn
- reduce your consumption of alcohol, coffee and tobacco, all of which trigger teh secretion of gasttric acid
- chew your food thoroughly to make it more easily digestible
- eat your evening meal early enough to leave an hour and a half between the end of the meal and going to bed, leaving time for digestion
- help your stomach cope with stress by following an appropriate course of homeopathic treatment