Stress Management is a huge concern in modern America. The inability to deal with stress leads to a variety of bad things: disease, loss of productivity at work and home, strained relationships, and increased health care costs for the company. Stress is important to us as humans and some stress is a good thing. Stress triggers our “fight or flight” response and helps us respond to crises. As Dr. Miller says, we needed this when we had to run from that tiger 1000’s of years ago on the savannah. We need it today when we have to deal with that important deadline or some other crisis at work. When we are in a stress response many physiologic changes occur in our body: among others, our blood pressure goes up, our digestion slows down, our libido goes down, our immune system is depressed. Basically the body’s physiologic processes change so that we can deal with the immediate crisis or problem and other processes are put on hold. The problems start when people live in this stress response for days, weeks, months, and even years. Imagine running at a deficit in these crucial areas and you can see what chronic stress does to a person. Our team teaches people how to change this and bring that stress response back down, returning the body to it’s normal state. One of the most simple tactics is changing the rate at which you breathe. A change in ratio of inhale to exhale is shown in multiple studies to bring the body out of the stress response and back into a relaxed state. With some coaching, this one is fairly easy to learn. Another way to affect the stress response is through nutrition. Meditation is the other key activity to modulate stress.
Simply, some common foods we eat increase the stress response and some bring it down. You can probably guess which ones are good and which aren’t. I’ll give you a hint: that donut isn’t helping. Dr. Miller offers simple, effective advice to keep a healthy diet. It doesn’t have to be that complicated. Two easy things you can do are to eat “real food”, i.e. food that doesn’t come out of a package and to eat lots of colors. Easy, huh?
Small bouts of exercise throughout the day at work help you remain focused and combat the effects of sitting. Studies show that this leads to increases in productivity and decreases in health care costs for companies. See my previous blog titled “Effective, Efficient Exercises for the Home or Office” for some easy exercises to do at work with no equipment required.
This is a very general overview. For specifics, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further info. We have had great success at helping companies keep their employees happy and healthy while increasing productivity. It’s a no brainer!