Looming projects, a snippy co-worker and a client who won't stop complaining. Sound familiar? While a little job stress might help you meet deadlines and even improve job performance, chronic stress related to work can have a much more serious effect on your mind and body, causing sleepless nights, depression and even -- over the long term -- increased risk for heart disease and higher cholesterol, research has shown.
"Chronic job strain can put both your physical and emotional health at risk," says Paul J. Rosch, MD, the president of the American Institute of Stress.
One key to having a more balanced and healthy relationship with work is to have a more positive attitude toward stress-causing tasks and events, research has shown. In other words, stop stressing about the stress. While you can't do much to change the things out of your control -- like clients -- you can change the way you react toward them over time. Meanwhile, there are ways to de-stress on the spot during your lunch break.
Here are some quick tips to de-stress during your lunch break: