By Lexi Petronis, Glamour magazine
Hey, everyone! It's Lexi--I'm so excited to be hanging out with you guys on Vitamin G for a week or two while Sarah's away. How are you today? Energetic? Relaxed? Stressed? If you're feeling even just a little of the latter, this might be your week...
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The Anxiety Disorders Association of America has named November 6-12 "National Stress Out Week," specifically zeroing in on people who might be feeling stress and anxiety when it comes to their working lives. In other words: lots of us.
The organization points out that, with unemployment rates in the U.S. at about 9 percent, many people with jobs may be taking on extra tasks in their offices and feeling stressed out about staying employed. And many people without jobs are obviously having their own kinds of work-related stress--namely looking for employment and worrying about money.
But one of the points of National Stress Out Week is to take little steps to relax before your stress becomes a big problem. (Which is good, because sometimes I get stressed out about how I'm not supposed to get stressed out. Seriously!) So if you're at your office desk right now, or taking a pause in your job search and feeling stressed, see what you think about these ultra-quick ways of chilling out:
Knock just one thing off your to-do list, like listening to your voicemails (eeks, that's totally me) or returning an email you've been putting off.
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Drink a cup of orange juice. Or eat some strawberries or sip a glass of grapefruit juice. Researchers say that vitamin C may help lower levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol.
Sing a song. Doing this one might depend on how close by your coworkers or housemates are, but studies have shown that singing helps lower stress levels (and improves your breathing and posture).
Chew a piece of gum. Chewing gum seems to help relieve stress, and researchers say there's a bonus: it also might make you more alert.
Have sex. Well, yeah. Maybe not at work, though.
Let's heart it, ladies! Are you feeling anxious or stressed (about work or anything else)? How do you deal with on-the-job (or looking-for-a-job) stress?
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