Health & Safety News

This month’s NAWIC Health & Safety News Report reminds us about Chronic Stress.

Some stress is a normal part of life and can even be healthy by helping you stay focused and alert. But, excessive and constant stress can lead to serious health problems. The long-term effects of chronic stress include high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. It can also lead to anxiety, depression and decreased work productivity. Don’t let stress take control, learn how to manage it.

You can’t completely eliminate stress from your life, but you can control how you react to it and how much it affects you. According to the American Psychological Association, managing stress is about taking action, and this starts by paying attention to your physical and emotional health. Try exercising for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Exercise releases endorphins, which are powerful chemicals that energize and lift mood. Consider relaxation techniques like deep breathing, yoga and meditation. These activities help you relax and feel better, which can make you more resilient to stress.

How about a Mood Booster?

Constantly crabby? Then make more stops to the water cooler. Habitual high-volume H2O consumption led to a better mood and a significant decrease in fatigue and sleepiness, finds new research from France.

In the study, 30 people who drank little water each day–less than 1.2 liters–were asked to increase their water intake to more than 2.5 liters for three days. Not only were people getting their thirst quenched, but also participants reported feeling less fatigued, less confused, and more satisfied overall with their mood at the end of the study.

The bottom line: Aim to drink 2.5 liters of water–about 8 to 10 glasses–each day and you might just stop snapping at others around the office.

These are things we already know, but it never hurts to stop and remind ourselves.

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