Stress Management Article
Five Instant Ways to Reduce Environmental
Stress - Part One
by Ed Sykes
Life is stressful enough
without allowing the physical environment - air quality, lighting, noise, and
other controllable factors - to intensify day-to-day stress. Especially in the
Fall and Winter is where you experience less daylight and more mood swings.
The great thing about
environmental stress is that in most cases we can control what is in our
environment that is causing the stress. Take these five steps to eliminate
environmental stressors that might cause stress and tension in your work and
Increase your activities during natural light.
Natural light elevates the mood and helps maintain a regular internal body
"clock". Especially during the fall and winter we experience a substantial
decrease in natural daylight. If you're indoors, try working next to a window
and allow as much sunlight as possible to enter your space. If you work in an
office without windows try buying a natural sunlight lamp.
These lamps can
help with Seasonal Affective Disorders as they provide a natural sunlight
spectrum for health and well being.
Prolonged exposure to
artificial lighting in any setting can be an environmental stressor.
Ban tobacco smoke.
Constant exposure to tobacco
smoke and its toxins can be a persistent environmental stressor and lead to
respiratory problems and other symptoms.
Evaluate your furniture arrangement.
Arrange your furniture so
that you don’t feel cramped. Remember you are more productive in a relaxed
environment. Also, is your furniture arranged so that you inviting constant
interruptions from visitors? If you can, move your furniture from the line of
sight of potential visitors so that you can focus better, accomplish your goals,
and decrease stress.
Frequently Change Your Ventilation or Air Filters.
office or home is full of ingredients found in cleaning supplies, upholstery,
carpeting, adhesives, and in chemicals. Devices such as copy machines, printers
and computers all contribute to poor air quality. Combine that with working in
an office building where you can’t open windows it makes the situation ten times
worst for the occupants. In extreme cases, individuals may become physically
ill from these pollutants, and even moderate doses can cause coughing, a
scratchy, burning throat, and other symptoms.
If you are concerned about
poor air quality in the office speak with the building maintenance crew and see
how often they change the air filters. In most cases, if you explain in a
friendly why you are concerned they will make an extra effort to change at least
the filter in your area. Also you can buy a personal air filtration kit at any
appliance store to make your life easier. Open windows At home to allow air
circulation. Also frequently change your home air filter.
“Bring the Green In.”
is a term my wife, Joy Fisher-Sykes, uses to say that natural colors make us
more relaxed. Color has effect on your mood and energy level. It is generally
agreed that blue and green are very relaxing colors. On a personal basis these
might not be the colors that relax you. You decide on the amount of color
you're comfortable with and the shades that most appeal to you. For example,
bright yellow would tend to irritate me it may work just fine for others because
of its brightness. Experiment with colors that will work to minimize stress for
Remember, these are all
environmental factor that you can change to work for you. Just recognize what
works for you and take the first steps to decrease stress.
learn stress management techniques to control your stress? The following stress
relief programs can help you relax, take more
control over your stress, and achieve your goals:
How to Control Stress and Master Your Life
Time Management Techniques for Success
Mastering Your Attitude for Positive Results
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Environmental Stress (Part Two)
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Ed Sykes is a
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customer service and teamwork. He works with business and government
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