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National Stress Awareness Day: Nov. 2, 2016

By November 1, 2016No Comments

Sometimes it’s the fuzzy buzzing headache or just the soreness from fatigued shoulder muscles. Could you be feeling like you are dragging through the day, or might have unknowingly turned the cup of caffeine into a small god? It’s probably time to check in with yourself and be aware of what is happening to your body.

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body for emergency action.

The first Wednesday of November is a day set aside as National stress awareness day.

So how do you know you are stressed?

The signs could be physical, such as: Fatigue, muscular tension, headaches, insomnia, gastrointestinal upsets like diarrhea or constipation, to mention but a few.

They could be psychological, such as: Depression, anxiety, discouragement, irritability, pessimism, feelings of being overwhelmed and unable to cope, cognitive difficulties, such as a reduced ability to concentrate or make decisions.

They could be behavioral, such as:  Absenteeism, aggression, diminished creativity and initiative, low work performance, problems with interpersonal relationships, mood swings and irritability, disinterest and isolation.

How to cope:

Impact Hub and CIC Boston have developed different programs to help you deal with stress while you enjoy the coworking space.

Meditation at the Hub: Brain Break is a meditation session run every Tuesday at 3:00pm on the 18th floor in the meditation room led by Dhanashree Ramachandran at the Boston location. In Cambridge, Julie Grims leads a session on Thursdays at 11:30am. Meditation helps you improve on your focus skills, while at the same time calming you down from anxiety and worry.

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Shree, during one of her meditation sessions

A massage is a great way to relieve those muscles especially after sitting long hours in front of the computer. Impact Hub has a highly experienced team of massage therapists committed to providing you with an individualized session that targets what you need help with. Impact Hub and CIC members can schedule sessions with Shakti Rowan or Lauren Levine on Wednesdays.

The Boston Road Runner Club (BRR) runs every Tuesday around the Charles River and back. Meet at the lobby of 50 Milk Street and head out at 5:45pm. The last Tuesday of each month includes Free Pizza and beer. CIC Cambridge has a running pack meetup held on Tuesday and Thursdays at 12:00pm.

The Fitness Center at CIC Boston, is exclusive and located on the 5th floor. There is a variety of aerobic and weight training equipment and machines, including free weights, benches, treadmills, exercise bikes, steppers, and more. The gym houses the CIC Boston Massage Therapy Room, where individual massage treatments can be scheduled directly with our therapists (for a separate fee). Plus, there are a handful of lockers to use while you work out, and five spacious shower rooms – with heated floors!

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The meditation room on the 18th floor at 50 Milk Street

Acupuncture with Michele Kim is offered every Wednesday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Acupuncture is one of the oldest medicine in the world and It has been proven effective for common conditions like migraines, back pains and digestive conditions.

Yoga is a good way to stretch your body and practice breathing techniques which can be used when you are feeling overwhelmed. Yoga is done on every Wednesday from 12:00 to 1:00pm in the Periscope conference room (5th floor).

Tai Chi with Hongsheng Jin is done on Mondays from 7pm to 830 in the C3 game Room at CIC Cambridge. Originally developed for self-defense, Tai Chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, Tai Chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.

Keep yourself healthy and stress free using these great resources!