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Stressed out

Too much work on your plate? Add some chocolate to that dish.

Food for thought and for the soul.

By Dana Gerlitz

Did you know that cocoa and chocolate are known to reduce stress levels? It’s true! So, if you were looking to buy yourself that sea salt Lindt bar in the impulse aisle, now you have a reason to keep a small stash for those stressful days! Or, go ahead and turn your house into a chocolate factory:

chocolate-factory

Willy Wonka didn’t seem to stress about much, did he? Image credit: Google images.

Whether you experience stress at work—or outside of work—it can have an impact on how you perform at your job and on your interactions with co-workers. Stress can be caused by a number of factors, including the following:

  • Starting a new job.
  • Experiencing change in the workplace.
  • Uncertainty.
  • Having a full workload, or shouldering too much responsibility.
  • An unhealthy diet.
  • Lack of exercise.
  • And of course for most of you….going back to school and adding more to your workload.

These are just a few of the many reasons you might experience stress and it’s important to identify what is causing you stress, so you can be prepared to cope.

Stress can result in headaches, drowsiness, and mood swings. It can prevent you from being your best self at work, or, these impacts to your health can compromise your safety.

Stress can become your worst enemy.

Don’t hit the panic button yet, though!

panic-button

Image credit: Google images.

There are ways to reduce your stress:

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Organize your day by creating a list so you can go through it efficiently and avoid being overwhelmed.
  • Take deep breaths when you begin to feel stressed or flustered.
  • Most importantly, have a bite of chocolate (just a bite though)!
  • Or, take a look at these kittens:
calm-down

Image credit: Google images.

What do you do to deal with stress? We’d love to know; comment here or send us a tweet @HeadsUpAB!

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