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5 Ways to De-Stress at Work



According to the American Psychology Association, 76% of Americans say money is a major cause of stress. The stressors surrounding money and the workplace are often intertwined as worries range from salaries, to how to pay bills and save more. 

1. Massage your ear

It may sound a little strange but it's backed by professionals! Acupressurists and massage therapists say there are certain spots on your ear that release positive endorphins which releases stress.


2. Stock up on stress-busting foods

Let nature do the work when you're feeling stressed! On particularly rough days, add some fish like salmon or sardines, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, to a dark leafy green salad for lunch. Since stress can hit at anytime, try always having some dark chocolate or pumpkin seeds on hand for a mood boost when you need it most. 


3. Hand acupressure

 There’s a muscle between your thumb and index finger that when massaged in small circles, will help release the tension from your hands, shoulders and neck.


4. Take a breather (literally)

 Before you let loose on a co-worker, hit pause. Just take three to five seconds to close your eyes and breathe from your belly, not your chest. Do it several times a day as needed and you’ll notice it really does keep you calm.


5. Take a break

 Even if you don’t have time to go for a long walk, you can take a break from looking at your screen, emails or taking that phone call. Look out the window, talk to colleague who makes you laugh, take a moment to rearrange a few things on your desk, or even look at the screen saver on your phone to remind you of the good you have in your life. 


Stressing about how to save money? Stop stressing and make your money work for you with a Savings Account from USC Credit Union.

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