Can Discussing Politics at Work Cause Stress?
Are you tired of hearing about the 2016 elections at work? You are not alone. According to a new survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, one in four workers reported feeling stressed out by workplace political discussions. Stress led to additional problems on the job, such as diminished productivity and lower quality work. Young men (ages 18-34) were more likely than any other demographic to experience these negative effects. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce workplace stress.
How to Reduce Workplace Stress Caused by the 2016 Election
Workplace stress can lead to heart disease, insomnia and high blood pressure. In addition, stress can put you and others at risk for being involved in a workplace accident.
If you fall into the category of workers who are tired of and stressed out by the 2016 election, there are ways to calm yourself down.
Sleep: One of the best ways to combat stress is to make sure you are getting enough rest. Try to avoid any stimulating or stressful activities three hours before bedtime. This can include social media, television or video games. Instead, try to find something relaxing, such as meditation or reading a book.
Set boundaries: You do not always get to choose who you work with, but if someone at work is discussing a subject that causes you stress, confront the person and ask them to stop.
Exercise: If you are able, get some exercise in on your lunch break. This can be a walk, a quick jog or a brief visit to a nearby gym. Exercise releases “feel-good” neurotransmitters in the brain, such as dopamine and serotonin.
For many people, 2016 has been a very stressful year full of strange surprises. The good news is, it’s almost over. Don’t let discussions at work endanger your personal wellbeing.
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