Prevention and Management
Physical activity increases your body's
ability to manage stress by improving your
flexibility and physicality, and balancing
the hormones linked to stress - adrenaline,
cortisol, and endorphins.
- Be active at
work: take a break and go for a walk, stretch
at the workstation, take the stairs instead
of the elevator.
- Laugh! Its your
body's natural stress reliever.
- Do active things
you enjoy: work in the garden, go for a
walk, bike, skate or swim. Get out and
involve your friends, family and co-workers.
- Get enough sleep.
- Be a non-smoker.
See our Active
Living at Work section for
more information about keeping active at
Your nutritional needs increase in times of stress. Making healthy food choices using Canada’s Food Guide ensures your body has the nutrients it needs to meet the challenges of your day.
- Eat the recommended amount and type of food each day
- Limit foods and beverages high in calories, fat, sugar and salt
- Satisfy your thirst with water
Manage Your Time
When you focus your energies and identify
your priorities, you'll minimize "surprises"
that can stress you out.
- Plan ahead.
- Don't procrastinate,
do it now!
- Break down big
projects into workable tasks.
- Focus on your
- Learn to delegate
tasks and say "no".
- Develop an organizational
system. Try a personal planning book or
device - even a simple calendar will do.
Rest and Relax
It might sound ridiculous, but a big part
of stress management is learning to take
a deep breath and relax!
- Try different
relaxation activities to see what works
for you, like deep breathing, yoga, tai-chi,
massage or meditation - check out your
- Take a few minutes
to stretch and relax throughout the day.
- Develop and maintain
positive self-talk; don't be your own worst
- Take a break!
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