5 Powerful Practices for Reducing Stress

DepressedWork-related stress creates an estimated $300 billion/year loss from absenteeism, turnover, diminished productivity and medical, legal and insurance costs.

Here’s some eye-opening statistics about stress:

  • 69 % of employees report that work is a significant source of stress.
  • 41 % say they typically feel tense or stressed out during the workday.
  • 51 % of employees said they were less productive at work as a result of stress
  • 55 % of employees say that job demands have interfered with responsibilities at home in the past three months.

We’ve rounded up the 5 top stress-relievers. Try incorporating one or two on a regular basis to keep stress at a healthy and productive level.

Acupuncture. The whole-body approach to acupuncture has some new medical back-up for its well-known stress-relieving benefits.

Acupuncture Could Help Prevent Stress (Huffington Post)

Ayurveda. The ancient practice of Ayurveda focuses on balancing the mind, body, and spirit health through diet, lifestyle, physical activity, and cleansing.

5 Simple Ayurvedic Tips to Balance Your Mind, Body & Spirit (MindBodyGreen)

Yoga. The conscious movement and breathing done in yoga helps to calm the nervous system and strengthen the mind-body connection.

8 Poses to Spring Clean Your Body (Yoganonymous)

Tapping. Also called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), tapping is similar to acupuncture, except no needles are used and you can do it yourself. The technique is said to “dissolve the blocks in your body and psyche to the emotional and physical healing you so desperately need.”

How Tapping Can Help You Deal with a Debilitating Disease (Positively Positive)

Meditation. A practice getting more and more attention in our modern day, just 5 or 10 minutes of meditation a day can have profound calming and resetting effects on the mind and body.

Meditation Boosts Mood, Eases Pain & Stress (Care2)