Stress is a fact of life in the modern-day workplace. Although some stress may encourage growth and development and may challenge employees to perform to the best of their abilities, constant stress can have a very negative effect on a person’s health. There are quite a few conditions that have a strong link to stress, such as heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes, depression, and headaches. It’s important to build rest and relaxation into our lives and patterns – not just on National Relaxation Day, but every day.
Enjoy three excellent TED Talks which provide some suggestions and practical methods to increase relaxation and lower stress:
In his talk, Bryan Russell recommends that his listeners consider how to increase relaxation rather than struggle to decrease stress. He provides a foundation for his point of view by explaining how the sympathetic and parasympathetic body systems work and contending that the sympathetic system, which is the resting state, can be stimulated. Russell provides some suggestions about how to relax and be at rest.
When You Know You’ll be Stressed Daniel Levitin shares in this talk about some very practical tips about how to live in a way that helps to decrease stress in daily life. His talk focuses in on some steps can be taken in advance in order to mitigate stressful situations that may arise.
In this discussion, Andy Puddicombe shares about the benefits of meditation and how it helps us be present, center our minds, and decrease stress.