How to Reduce Stress Levels
Prolonged periods of intense stress can affect our immune system. So it’s in our best interest to take some steps to try to reduce our stress levels. Here are some important things to consider:
Limit the News and Social Media
Being constantly bombarded by negative news is not healthy for us. Make sure to schedule some time to unplug and take a break from the news and social media. While it’s important to stay informed, it’s also important to take care of your mental wellbeing.
Switch to a Different Topic
The COVID-19 situation is challenging for all of us, and it comes as no surprise that it remains the main topic of many conversations. However, it shouldn’t be the only topic. There are plenty of beautiful subjects to discuss. Spring is on the way, and the world is still a lovely place full of interesting things to talk about.
Learn to Meditate
Meditation can help you to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state of mind. Meditation allows you to look at your thoughts from a distance, observing rather than actively engaging in them. Our HR team organized bi-weekly free guided meditation practices for you to enjoy. Keep an eye on those invites and if you happen to miss it, there are recordings available on the HR Sharepoint.
Take a Walk
Spending time in nature is a great way to get out of the house and get some fresh air. Take a walk in the nearest park or walk around some quiet residential streets. Fresh air helps to boost your mood and to make you happy.
It’s a well-known fact that exercising releases chemicals called endorphins (or happy hormones). Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body that makes you feel almost euphoric. It’s a great way to reduce stress and help strengthen your immune system.
You don’t need a gym to get a good workout. There are plenty of free YouTube videos available online. You also have access to free yoga sessions and Bootcamp classes organized by our HR team.
Do What You Love
Listen to your favourite music, read your favourite books, watch your favourite movies, cook your favourite meals. There are many wonderful things you can do to help yourself reduce stress levels!