Navigation Links
Five Ways to Reduce Stress in Your Environment
Date:3/22/2010

PITTSBURGH, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Studies show that one in three people in the United States are living with extreme stress, with an estimated 67 percent of all doctor visits being stress related. The best way to reduce the stress in your life is to evaluate your environment. Reconsider these five areas and see how you can lessen the stress in your world.

Sounds

Too many background noises can contribute to the stress and tension of your day – in the office it might be, ringing phones, workplace chatter, or copy machines. At home it could be, television volume, computer games, or children playing. If the sounds at work or home are causing you stress, take control. Begin by turning down your own sounds and noises like cell phones, chatter and radios, and kindly ask others to do the same.  

Sights

Poor lighting can cause eye strain and increase fatigue. Better lighting can be an instant mood booster. Be sure your work environment has adequate lighting. Experiment with full spectrum bulbs at your desk or try working by a window, if possible. Also, try to get some daily exposure to the sun.

Surroundings

A cluttered, messy or disorganized work or home space can be stressful and distracting. Take the time to develop a system that works for you. Try to create a relaxing, inviting and pleasant vibe in both places. This will not only keep you calm, but will be welcoming and tranquil for any guests.

Systems

We all know that systems and technology can make life easier, but often offer too many interruptions, information overload and stressful accessibility. Make sure to give yourself a technology break on a regular basis, take a walk outside, chat with a friend or co-worker or practice some quiet meditation. Log off and disconnect whenever possible. Create a system or schedule for reading e-mail, responding to text messages and checking voicemail to eliminate overload and response time stress.

Space

Find a space at home, work or in between where you can breathe deeply, mediate, visualize or practice other stress management techniques. Spending time in nature, even looking at nature pictures, has been shown to reduce stress levels.

Highmark Offers Free Programs for Members to Reduce Stress

Discover Relaxation Within(SM) I is a lifestyle improvement program to help you manage everyday stress through practical relaxation techniques and innovative stress management strategies. Discover Relaxation Within(SM) II will help you to Refresh, Renew and Rediscover by taking stress management to the next level.

These and other health and wellness programs are available free to Highmark members and for a nominal fee, to non-Highmark members through local community centers and hospitals. For program locations, call 1-800-879-2217.

About the expert

Heidi Herald is an employee wellness consultant for Highmark. In this position, she is responsible for implementing companywide campaigns, as well as onsite wellness programming at branch and subsidiary locations.

She holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Chatham College, and previously worked as a mental health therapist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC. Her career experience is in helping individuals and groups manage behavior change.

About Highmark Inc.

As one of the leading health insurers in Pennsylvania, Highmark Inc.'s mission is to provide access to affordable, quality health care enabling individuals to live longer, healthier lives. Based in Pittsburgh, Highmark serves 4.8 million people through the company's health care benefits business. Highmark contributes millions of dollars to help keep quality health care programs affordable and to support community-based programs that work to improve people's health. Highmark exerts an enormous economic impact throughout Pennsylvania. A recent study states that Highmark's positive impact exceeded $2.5 billion. The company provides the resources to give its members a greater hand in their health.

Highmark Inc. is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

SOURCE Highmark Inc.

Back to top

RELATED LINKS
http://www.highmark.com

'/>"/>

SOURCE Highmark Inc.
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Stronger Ozone Standard Could Dramatically Reduce Asthma, Premature Deaths
2. Report documents statewide initiative to reduce near-term scheduled births
3. Gladstone scientists identify target that may reduce complications of obesity
4. Unique Clean Energy Program Helps Hospitals Buy Clean Energy, Reduce Costs and Counteract Climate Change
5. King Launches Painbalance: Educational Initiative to Help Reduce the Burden of Pain
6. Viscira Expands Interactive Solutions to Reduce Marketing Expenses for Pharmaceutical Companies in Challenging Economic Times
7. Abstinence-Only Classes Reduced Sexual Activity, Study Found
8. Study finds reduced brain gray matter concentration in patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea
9. CT Scans Reduce Unneeded Appendectomies in Women
10. Omega-3 Supplements Dont Reduce Risk of Preterm Birth
11. Attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings may reduce depression symptoms
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... Lori R. Somekh, founder of the Law Office ... of elder law and special needs planning attorneys. “Membership in ElderCounsel helps our office ... forum to network with elder law attorneys nationwide,” said Somekh. , ElderCounsel ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills is proud ... and unique items from across the nation, this holiday-themed event will raise funds and ... the VNA. The boutique will be open Saturday, November 4 (10:00 a.m. – ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House ... most popular and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of ... baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field”: the story of a ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field” is the creation of published ... all ages and currently teaches a class of ladies at her church, which she ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... CitiDent ... sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as 18 million ... by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant relief to about ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... , Oct. 10, 2017   West Pharmaceutical ... innovative solutions for injectable drug administration, today shared the ... ID Adapter for improving the intradermal administration of polio ... Skin Vaccination Summit in May 2017 by Dr. ... Polio Department, World Health Organization (WHO), and recently published ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... Oct. 4, 2017 OBP Medical ... illuminating medical devices, today announced regulatory approval from ... Agency (or Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA)) ... cordless surgical retractor with integrated LED light source ... illumination and exposure of a tissue pocket or ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2017 The Rebound mobile app is poised to ... the tide of prescription drug addiction. The app empowers users ... and stepping down their dosage in a safe, controlled manner ... 2017; the first 100,000 people to sign up will enjoy ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: