I’ve had my fair share of workplace stress over the years. The perpetual meetings, deadlines, late nights, pressure to perform, poor diet, toxic relationships, fear of job security, sleep deprivation—I understand it all. After 12 years in advertising, the amount of stress hormones and adrenaline coursing through my veins on a daily basis was slowly but surely having an effect on my health. Over time, the stress started to express itself as physical ailments: daily migraines, problematic skin, brittle hair, ulcers, GI issues, high blood pressure, heart palpitations...you name it, I experienced it.
Finally, I reached a breaking point. If I didn’t seek techniques to find respite and balance from the perpetual madness, things were going to continue getting worse. Eventually, I went back to school for integrative nutrition while I was still working in advertising. I learned several stress-busting solutions and continue to share them widely.
Below are my top six strategies to take your work stress down a notch: