ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Combat Work Stress without Getting High

Updated on July 28, 2015
life-unfold profile image

Pratima Behl is a zealous writer who has love/hate relationship with the social media. She believes in giving fact based social views.

It goes without saying that with so much of the population working round-the-clock jobs, stress is something we’ve all had to face almost regularly. Working hours are defined but seldom obeyed and we’ve reached a point where it’s almost become fashionable to work long and late.

However, when the stress does get out of control, a lot of us are guilt of spending too much time and get high in all sorts of ways. Which is the better way to beat the stress?

We’ve come up with some suggestions to battle stress without using any typical agent of intoxication:

Avoid Overtime

Perhaps the biggest culprit has to be our acceptance of working as late as possible. About a year ago, Mr. Narayana Murthy – founder of Infosys – lambasted the current culture of staying on for too long in the office. He reasoned that this ‘habit’ is counter-productive to any employee.

Pets: A lot of people working long hours are doing so when they are single, away from their family. In situations like these it’s easy to be led astray, loneliness being the mother of all problems no matter how many friends you end up having. But all that changes if you love animals. A pet not only fills the family void to a great extent but just the sight of them makes all your troubles feel far away.

Sports: Most people I know exercise because it’s either become a chore or to lose weight. Very few actually go to gym and love working on their bodies. But do you really have to go to a gym? Take a football, get to a ground and watch as the magic happens. Just the sight of a football or some kids playing cricket can make you forget all those anatomical distortions or you’re appalling fitness levels. And guess what, nothing beats stress like letting it all out on the field.

Chocolate

There was a time when to deter you from having chocolate, parents would say how unhealthy it was. Bah, who cares! Thanks to the miracles of science, chocolate has now been proved to even have therapeutic purposes. Take that mom! Just one bite of the good stuff can make you get a high that beats almost anything – including the point mentioned below. And many a time I’ve used chocolate to make sure the stress doesn’t end up getting the better of me.

Sex

Errmm this one doesn’t need much explanation, even if lot of people either overstate it or just don’t give it enough importance. Maybe middle ground is beating stress.

Social Work

Most people will scoff at me for saying this but ask you, ‘Does it not feel good to help someone? If social work is defined as something you associate only with charity then we really won’t be able to go anywhere. However, if the definition is broader and means helping patients with terminal diseases or helping a coach in your nearby football club, I think a lot of us would gladly volunteer with the catch being if we had the time. Well, about time you made some time. Just seeing the smiles on people’s faces should help wipe away the stress.

Travelling Alone

Most people would associate travelling with a bunch of pals getting away from town and making sure the time spent is well worth it. We suggest travelling alone with our argument being that with pals the chances are, you’ll end doing the very thing that this article wants you not to do: get high. The internet is flooded with write-ups on why you should travel alone to the XYZ number of places one needs to travel alone to

We simply say that even if the place is a few kilometers outside your city or town, explore it yourself and feel the benefits. Also travelling alone is a fantastic way to reflect on the things happening around you whilst also meeting new people and listening to excerpts from their lives.

Gaming

Since we are trying our hardest to point towards solutions that aren’t very tried and tested, we reckoned gaming was perhaps the best of the lot. Anyone who has come home stressed age not being an issue and picked up their console and let rip on whatever it is that they like playing, you just cannot deny that each bullet coming out of your weapon in your chosen FPS feels like a bit of stress evaporating.

Even competitive games where your mates play something like FIFA, it is all good fun at the end of the day irrespective of who wins or loses. But still try and win, it helps a little more. Next time you see someone buried deep in his smart phone playing some sort of game, don’t shake your head.

Sitcoms

For as long as we can remember, the whole idea of a TV series was just to provide entertainment. But somehow each and every person in the family is hooked to some TV show or the other. Coincidence? We think not. Interesting content is definitely one massive plus that TV series has going for them but how many of us don’t watch reruns? We are all guilty of consuming a lot of TV series, genres be damned, and it’s time everyone acknowledges that beyond the plot twists and addictive characters, TV series are amazing stress busters. This is precisely why we can watch them over and over again at a far greater rate than movies.

Work Love

Lastly, we point out that all of these suggestions are made redundant if you are working in a field which you’ve been passionate about instead of being lured in for ‘other’ reasons. We aren’t saying that there will be no stress or that it won’t get to you but it’s always easier to make oneself understand when the job is no longer for someone else and more of your own.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)