05 November 2013
Stressful day tomorrow? Try doing some exercise and getting a good night's sleep to boost your energy, increase productivity and lower your stress levels
Having a workout after work then getting a good night’s sleep is the best way to prepare yourself for a stressful day in the office, research claims.
Tomorrow is National Stress Awareness Day, an annual event that aims to raise awareness of stress and how to prevent it. To avoid getting stressed out on the day itself, you should make sure you get some physical exercise and get a good nights sleep.
Academics from the University of Konstanz in Germany say people often relax on the sofa when they know they have a lot to do at work the next day. But they argue that instead of resting in front of the television, entrepreneurs and employees would be better off going to the gym or for a cycle, run or swim and then getting an early night.
Lead author Dr Inga Nagel says: “Our study points to the possibility of positively influencing an individual’s own personal resources in their daily life. When, for instance, an employee faces a stressful or important day at work, the employee should consciously engage in beneficial activities the day before.
“The results of our study suggest that employees should exercise and sleep more than usual when facing a stressful day at work.”
The findings are published online in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being.
The research claims exercise lifts people’s mood and makes them more efficient. And the combination of exercise followed by high quality sleep is more likely to increase energy levels and boost productivity.
The emphasis on tomorrow’s National Stress Awareness Day is that workers perform better when they are feeling healthy and well. Help make your office into a stress-free work environment by sharing some advice with your team on National Stress Awareness Day.
Work pressures can be extremely stressful, particularly if you feel unable to take time off when you’re feeling under the weather. For many start-ups and employees, the number of things to do can seem overwhelming. As well as exercising and sleeping more, here are five other things you can do to reduce your own stress levels: