How to Handle Stress


We all lead busy lives so it is important that we take responsibility of our health and learn how to cope with stress when it hits. There are four pillars of health – mental, physical, financial and career – that each person needs to keep in balance. It will make a large impact on a person if two of the four pillars are in negative territory which results in a drop of productivity.

The first step in keeping balance is to build resilience by exercising, eating properly, and spending time in nature. If you are able to build resilience, you will have more psychological wellness and if you are hit by stress, you won’t be impacted as hard. Another thing you can do is check out your company’s employee assistance program to get a rating for your health. The program helps to find the aspects of a person’s life that are causing stress. Once the cause is determined, the company’s employee assistance program can provide you with the help you need, such as a councilor or financial planner.

Businessman Dealing With Stress

Three steps to reduce day-to-day stress:

1. Learn tactics to reduce stress

If you find that you are stressed because of a large list of tasks you have to complete or by a large project, try breaking them into smaller chunks and tackle each task one at a time. Typically when a person is able to check off finished work at a relatively fast rate, they start to feel more productive and less stressed.

2. Deal immediately with a tough task

It’s best to tackle a tough task as soon as possible, as we tend to let our heads get the best of us. Instead of waiting until the end of the day to deal with your “to-do” project, deal with it as early as you can. By dealing with tasks right away, we save ourselves a day of stress and worrying.

3. Know when to ask for help

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you’re feeling stressed and aren’t sure what to do. There will always be someone willing to help.

Seven steps to building resilience

1. Exercise

Exercise is always important, especially when stressed. It helps to clear your mind and get rid of stress by allowing you to calm your breathing. Exercises such as yoga and streching helpsthe body and mind relax.

Try starting off with going for a half-hour walk every day. If you feel stressed during work, take some time out of your lunch break to take a walk. If you’re able to, try to arrange walking meetings or have a friendly office competition by having all colleagues wear pedometers and see who can take the most steps in a week.

2. Eat right

Make sure you’re eating the proper amount of food and nutrients your body needs. You don’t want to be under eating or overeating as that can make an impact on stress and lead to other problems.

3. Get enough sleep

Everything is harder when we are running on little sleep, so it is important to get quality sleep every night.

4. Spend time with friends and family

Take the time to spend time with friends as family as they can help take your mind off of the every day routine and make you feel better overall.

5. Spend time in nature

Spending time in nature allows us to refocus, relax, and get away from technology and other collaborative means of staying “connected” to everything.

6. Focus on spirituality

Whether through organized religion, star-gazing, meditating or simply time spent contemplating life, give yourself a chance to stop and think about topics beyond the daily routine.

7. Be involved with your community

Helping others helps us feel better about ourselves.

Improve your Work Day with these Beneficial Snacks  


What you decide to eat throughout the day not only impacts your health but also your productivity. It is important to eat well throughout the day so that your body can perform at its highest potential. Eating foods that are high in fat or sugar will result in low energy as high fat foods take more work to digest and high sugar foods will spike the blood stream then crash. Don’t let temptations or a lack of time stop you from eating the nutritional foods your body desires. This article gives advice on which snacks to consume to get the nutrition your body needs.

Healthy snacking at work

Along with eating well, make sure to get plenty of sleep each night as sleep deprivation affects appetite and pushes you to eat twice the amount of calories as you normally would consume in a day.

Here are 16 quick, healthy, and inexpensive snacks:

Almonds

Almonds make a satisfying snack that is rich in protein and healthy fats. They contain 9 essential nutrients, have the highest rate of proteins and fiber (3.5g fiber per 23 pieces) compared to other nuts, are rich in Vitamin E (35% daily value in 23 pieces), and contain monounsaturated fats.

Low-Fat Popcorn

As you may not know, popcorn is actually a good source of fiber (8g per 100g) and is a perfect snack to satisfy a craving for something crunchy and salty. Try to get popcorn that is low in fat as high fat foods take time to digest.

Fresh Fruit

Fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals and are a great snack for when you are craving something sweet. Fruits, especially berries, are high in antioxidants which help create a stronger immune system and a better work performance.

Dried Fruit

A less messy option to fresh fruit – dried fruit is high in fiber and potassium which makes them a great snack especially when in the mood for something sweet and chewy. Try dried apricots, apples, bananas, or raisins.

Dry Cereal

Try a cereal like bran flakes that contains a low glycemic index. The brain draws most of its energy from glucose, so by consuming cereals with a low glycemic index, glucose will be slowly released to the bloodstream which will minimize blood sugar swings. Best of all, these foods will increase brainpower and mental focus.

Protein Bar

Try to choose a protein bar that is less than 200 calories and contains fruits and nuts. Make sure to check the labels as many protein bars are high in calories.

Mini Flavoured Rice Cakes

For the times you feel the need to cheat your nutrition, grab some mini flavoured rice cakes. They’re low in calories and come in a variety of different flavours so you can get the satisfaction you’re looking for without paying the consequences.

Pretzels

Aside from the salt, pretzels are low in fat and can give you some carbs to help manage your hunger between meals.

Bananas

One medium sized banana contains the needed amount of glucose by the brain to perform at its best. Frozen bananas are a great substitute to ice cream. If you’re having a sweet tooth moment, drizzle some dark chocolate on the banana to satisfy your craving.

String Cheese or Cottage Cheese

Cheese is a good source of protein which will keep your blood sugar levels steady so that you won’t become tired.

Wasabi Peas

For the people who like spicy, crunchy, and salty – try wasabi peas. They contain fiber and protein which will give you some energy and keep your blood sugars from lowering.

Hard-Boiled Egg

Eggs are a great source of protein and will keep you feeling full for some time. Try to eat your hard-boiled eggs in the kitchen away from your fellow employees as the smell can be offensive.

Vegetables and Hummus

Hummus is a good source of calcium, iron, protein, and fiber and eating it with vegetables is the perfect nutritious snack that is satisfying to both your body and your taste buds.

Tomato Juice

Sometimes when you think you are hungry or crave sugar, you are actually thirsty. Try to defeat this by having a low sodium tomato or vegetable juice.

Yogurt

Yogurt contains probiotics, protein, calcium, vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and good bacteria. Maximize your nutrition and create a delicious snack by adding granola and fresh fruit to the yogurt.

Apples and Peanut Butter

The protein in the peanut butter and the fiber and carbohydrates in the apple will hold you over for a few hours. Satisfy your taste buds with this tasty snack. If you don’t like peanut butter (or are allergic) substitute it for almond butter.

 

Tips for Staying Safe This Flu Season


Flu season has come early this year. The Public Health Agency of Canada says influenza activity has continued to increase the last four weeks in a row.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with the flu can spread it to others up to approximately six feet away by coughing, sneezing or talking. But you’re also susceptible to get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching your own mouth or nose.

Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Employees who work in close quarters at the office are especially vulnerable to the highly contagious disease. Chances are you come in contact with dozens of contaminated surfaces every day. This is why it is even more critical you take the appropriate steps to help reduce your chances of getting – or spreading – the flu. Talk Clean To Me offers three “intervention strategies” to help you stay safe this flu season. Check them out here.