Health Benefits of Reducing Stress

by Dan Lothringer, Contributing Writer, LifeSize

Stress, in many ways, is one of the defining qualities of an adult’s life. Keeping up at work, rushing the kids to after-school activities, paying the bills, and maintaining the house – all of these things add up over time to create a major stress overload. And when stress starts to pile up, your health and happiness begin to suffer.

The traditional 9-to-5 workday is now a thing of the past. (Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia)

While everyone responds to stress differently, we all have one thing in common: too much of it and our bodies begin to suffer. According to the American Institute of Stress, a non-profit established to provide information about stress, stress can have a wide range of effects on health, including:

  • Frequent headaches, often exacerbated by jaw clenching and teeth grinding
  • Tremors, muscle spasms, and other fine-motor issues
  • Excessive sweatiness
  • Susceptibility to colds and other ailments
  • Recurring gastrointestinal distress (heartburn, nausea, gas, etc.)
  • Rapid weight gain and loss
  • Feelings of loneliness and despair
  • Depression

While many of these health issues can be managed through treatment, only understanding their underlying causes and acting to reduce stress can cure them.  Fortunately, technology is lending a hand. According to a Time magazine online article, the traditional 9-to-5 workday is rapidly becoming a thing of the past, replaced—thanks to web technology—by a flexible, work-from-anywhere model.

Working from home encourages healthier eating. (Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Video conferencing and other telecommunication technologies are making it possible for employees to work virtually anywhere. Not only does working from home (or a café, or even from the beach) negate the stress of a long commute and eight hours spent under buzzing fluorescent lighting, but it empowers employees to work at their own pace. Many companies find that employees work better and more efficiently when they feel that they’ve been entrusted to make their own decisions.

Best of all, being able to work from anywhere has a huge impact on stress levels and helps to eliminate the serious health issues associated with them. Working from home means a healthier work-play balance, a happier home life and fewer ulcers.

Some of the many benefits include:

  • A happier home life: Working around your family’s time rather than your office’s time fosters unity and an increased sense of satisfaction.
  • Healthier eating: The go-go world of business encourages workers to eat on the go, which means eating unhealthily.
  • More exercise time: When you don’t have to be back at the office at a set time, you’ll be able to squeeze in that gym time you’ve been neglecting.

The technology that allows us to work from home is helping us live healthier, more productive lives. Simply put, the less time you spend stressed out, the healthier, and happier you’ll be.

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