Today is International Stress Awareness Day. With one in six adults in Britain experiencing depression, anxiety or problems relating to stress at any one time, a statistic that is replicated in many areas of the globe, we need to relook at stress and how to manage it.
Often when we think of stress, we ask ourselves “why am I stressed?” in search of a single cause. The issue with this is that stress is rarely derived from a single moment, instead, it is a build up of incorrect habits that we have developed throughout our life. The below infographic will help you understand your body and empower you with a toolkit that will enable stress-free productivity.
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Below is a summary of the tips and tools to achieving stress-free productivity.
Stop snoozing, start softly.
Your morning phone alarm is a daily dose of harmful stress for your adrenal glands, putting your body in ‘fight or flight’ response mode. Every time you hit snooze, this is amplified – Avoid being jolted out of deep REM sleep by using apps like SleepCycle to gently wake you up at just the right moment.
Less peaks, more balance.
Coffee positively increases brain activity, but the rapid impact on the adrenal system can leave you with a jittery peak in energy and an inevitable afternoon crash – Using adaptogens that work synergistically with your morning coffee to balance out your mental energy, like those found in NOOstart.
Keep lists, stress less.
Each and every task you try and hold in mind will build up and cause stress, from returning a call to picking up dinner – Task management apps, like Evernote and Trello, enable you to jot down tasks on the go, freeing up your brain to focus on the task at hand.
Go lighter, go for longer.
Heavy carb-dense meals at lunch steal resources away from the brain and toward the digestive system, leaving you with less mental energy – Eating a lighter lunch full of protein, good fats, and low-GI vegetables reduces the impact of a post-lunch slump.
Get motivated, start timing.
After lunch it becomes harder to get motivated as your body's natural sleep-wake cycle dips and those big tasks seem impossible – Apps like Noisli allow you to use the Pomodoro technique, short bursts of timed output, to breaks down those difficult tasks into bite-sized pieces.
Stop caffeine, unwind.
Caffeine can take up to 20-24 hours to completely flush from your system, restricting the brain’s ability to switch off – Using holistic supplements like NOOreset help the body process caffeine faster allowing you to slip into a more restful state.
Switch off, reset.
Artificial bright light can trick the brain into thinking its daytime, which encourages active thought and halters the sleep process – Avoiding bright blue light and using Meditation apps, like Headspace, have been proven to reduce stress and stop unnecessary repetitive thought.
Sleep well, get more.
Interrupted sleep is one of the leading contributors to a myriad of health problem, including elevated cortisol levels that lead to stress – Sleep monitoring apps, like SleepScore, allow you to understand what helps you achieve the quality sleep you need.
By adopting just one of these tips we can hope to reduce the stress statistics in 2019.