While still contending with the pandemic, Americans are crafting their new normal to meet their new needs: more flexibility, greater happiness and less stress. Less stress is the operative phrase here. Americans are stressed and experiencing an elevated risk of pandemic-fueled PTSD, according to the Mental Health Index: U.S. Worker Edition just released by the self-care platform Total Brain. Just over 20 percent of workers are screened at risk for PTSD.
With increased levels of stress being all too common, it’s critical for leaders to lead with empathy and an arsenal of stress-busting strategies. And there are plenty of ways to relieve stress, from exercising and basking in nature to taking a hot bath or getting a massage. But as a wellness consultant and yoga therapist who has written extensively on emotional well-being and workplace stress, the easiest and most effective stressbuster I’ve found is something you’re doing right now, without even thinking about it: Breathing.
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