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7 Reasons Why You Should Give Work-Related Stress The Middle Finger

Experiencing stress is normal in the work place and happens to everyone. Some stress can even be beneficial when it comes to completing deadlines or impressing your boss. However, too much stress can be harmful to your health. This listicle explains why you need to cut stress from your work life, and most importantly, how to do so.

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3 Reasons Why Less Stress Is Best

Neuroplasticity is when you change your mindset and brain structure. So how does neuroplasticity help decrease stress? It rebuilds damaged stress hormones and stops the negative effects they cause. Below lists specific reasons why this is important to your health.

1. Helps build your cognitive skills

Being more relaxed can strengthen your skills with planning, decision making, error correction, and troubleshooting at work.

2. Prevents being worked to death

Stress hormones kill brain cells and damage your immune system and cardiovascular system which can lead to an overall death. Arthritis, weight gain, insomnia, and depression could also be a result. If you don't get control of your work-related stress now, then you could be led to an early grave from being worked to death.

3. Preserves your youthful glow

Not only can stress alter your body on the inside, but it can also prematurely age you. Under eye-bags, puffiness, acne, and hair loss are just to name a few. On the TV series, The Office, Jim and Pam would have never found true love in each other if it wasn't for their youthful glow.

4 Tips On How To Square Up To Stress

The last thing you should do is become stressed out even more when learning how to de-stress from work. Here are a few quick, easy, and simple ways to square up and fight stress.

1. Have happy pictures on your desk

This seems cliché, but the physical act of smiling has been proven to decrease stress and brighten your mood. Having pictures of your family, friends, significant others, or your pets at your desk will make you smile every time you look at them.

This seems cliché, but the physical act of smiling has been proven to decrease stress and brighten your mood. Having pictures of your family, friends, significant others, or your pets at your desk will make you smile every time you look at them.

2. Meditate or try PMR on your breaks

Everyone likes to relax on their lunch breaks, so what's a better way to relax than trying something that is scientifically proven to work? Meditation decreases cortisol levels by 20%. PMR has been found to be just as effective as meditating when it comes to relieving stress.

3. Buy yourself a desk plant

Not only do plants purify the air, they also are proven to help calm you down. At the end of the day, we're all just mammals and the soothing effects of nature should not be overlooked.

4. Don't sit for more than 3 hours

Every hour or so, you need to stand up from your desk and stretch. Walk away from the computer and allow your brain room for creative insight. Sitting for more than 3 hours a day can shorten your life span by up to two years.

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