We all know stress impacts our life in the moment, but a recent Finish study [i] shows the stress you feel today has long lasting impacts for your retirement.
It shows mid-life stress and poor work-life balance can lead to poor health later in life.
The Helsinki Businessmen’s Study looked at the current health of 1,527 businessmen more than 26 years after they experienced the peak of their career stress. Those who had high stress lifestyles had poorer health in every category.
People who have high levels of stress and sleep deprivation during their working years rated lower against every health metric in older age, according to a Finnish study.
So what can you do about it? You need to work. You’re at the peak of your career.
There are ways to reduce your stress right NOW, live happier and calmer NOW and perhaps improve your chances of a healthy retirement.
Exercise is proven to relieve stress but it’s often the first thing we drop when we’re frazzled.
Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to weightlifting, can act as a stress reliever. If you're not an athlete or even if you're downright out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management. Discover the connection between exercise and stress relief and why exercise should be part of your stress management plan.
Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. But exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits.
It pumps up your endorphins. Physical activity helps to bump up the production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Although this function is often referred to as a runner's high, a rousing game of tennis or a nature hike also can contribute to this same feeling.
It's meditation in motion. After a fast-paced game of racquetball or several laps in the pool, you'll often find that you've forgotten the day's irritations and concentrated only on your body's movements. As you begin to regularly shed your daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you may find that this focus on a single task, and the resulting energy and optimism, can help you remain calm and clear in everything that you do.
It improves your mood. Regular exercise can increase self-confidence and lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise also can improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. All this can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your life.
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