Your health: Leaving work stress at work - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

Your health: Leaving work stress at work

Posted: Updated:

Most people who have been in the workforce know what it feels like to be stressed out by their job.

Scott Bea, PsyD of Cleveland Clinic, said when we find ourselves with too much work-related stress, it's actually helpful to stay present and stay focused on the task at hand.

"Stay dutiful to your mission, because if you're really involved in the task, it takes your mind off yourself," said Dr. Bea. "We know that happy people are engaged with their work and we know that unhappy workers are engaged with their thoughts about work."

Dr. Bea said when we're subjected to a work atmosphere that is intimidating or perhaps even unsafe, it not only inhibits our performance, but it can impact our mood, even when we go home. On the way home, we tend to drag the workday with us in our thoughts, and then we talk to the people in our household about our problems – which, according to Dr. Bea, just keeps the stress alive and forces us to re-live it. He said finding a way to actually depart from the work day while commuting home is a good place to start.

Dr. Bea suggests listening to music that helps put the mind right in the moment that you're in. Even just taking in the sights and sounds of the trip can help. Likewise, taking the "long" way home can relieve us of the pressure of rush hour traffic.

"Listen to an audiobook, or something else that's delighting you so that you're not considering work too very much," said Dr. Bea. "You're typically not getting paid to think about work on the way home, and you ought to let that be. Some separation between work life and home life – anything that puts you in the "now" - is good medicine."

Dr. Bea said anything that can get our minds in the present and out of the work day will benefit our psyche.

"One of the great de-stressors is to be presently aware and I think one thing that people don't do very much is pay attention to what's really going on."

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Wolf-like animal killed near Denton

    Wolf-like animal killed near Denton

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:12 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:12:04 GMT
    Image Courtesy KXLOImage Courtesy KXLO

    DENTON - One family in Denton said they called Fish Wildlife and Parks after they shot what appeared to be a wolf on their ranch.   According to KXLO in Lewistown, game wardens came out to pick the animal up and sent pictures of it to a wolf specialist in Great Falls.  

    DENTON - One family in Denton said they called Fish Wildlife and Parks after they shot what appeared to be a wolf on their ranch.   According to KXLO in Lewistown, game wardens came out to pick the animal up and sent pictures of it to a wolf specialist in Great Falls.  

  • Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in Montana

    Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in Montana

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:58:21 GMT
    Image Courtesy KXLO via KFBBImage Courtesy KXLO via KFBB
    Image Courtesy KXLO via KFBBImage Courtesy KXLO via KFBB

    DENTON, Mont. - A large wolf-like animal was shot and killed May 16 by a rancher near Denton, Montana. It now has wildlife officials and the public wondering what it was, according to KFBB. The animal came within several hundred yards of the rancher’s livestock. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) said in a statement the rancher shot it and reported it as required by law. The animal was a young, non-lactating female and a canid, a 

    DENTON, Mont. - A large wolf-like animal was shot and killed May 16 by a rancher near Denton, Montana. It now has wildlife officials and the public wondering what it was, according to KFBB. The animal came within several hundred yards of the rancher’s livestock. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) said in a statement the rancher shot it and reported it as required by law. The animal was a young, non-lactating female and a canid, a 

  • Montana family's Cancun vacation derailed by serious injury

    Montana family's Cancun vacation derailed by serious injury

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 3:14 PM EDT2018-05-22 19:14:37 GMT

    A family from Malta on vacation in Cancun has had their dream vacation come to a terrible conclusion after a dive off of a dock resulted in a broken spine.

    A family from Malta on vacation in Cancun has had their dream vacation come to a terrible conclusion after a dive off of a dock resulted in a broken spine.

  • Yellowstone County declares local flooding emergency

    Yellowstone County declares local flooding emergency

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:13 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:13:53 GMT

    The National Weather Service has issued a forecast for the Yellowstone River and Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River which indicates major flooding beginning following a significant rainfall event on Sunday, May 27.

    The National Weather Service has issued a forecast for the Yellowstone River and Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River which indicates major flooding beginning following a significant rainfall event on Sunday, May 27.

  • Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

    Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

    Thursday, May 24 2018 8:54 PM EDT2018-05-25 00:54:16 GMT

    An "unlikely" string of events prompted Amazon's Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle, the company said Thursday. 

    An "unlikely" string of events prompted Amazon's Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle, the company said Thursday. 

  • VIDEO: Search continues for four people in Idaho river

    VIDEO: Search continues for four people in Idaho river

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 5:57 PM EDT2018-05-23 21:57:04 GMT

    GRANGEVILLE, IDAHO - The search continues for four people who remain missing after their car wrecked and landed upside-down in the Selway River in a remote part of Idaho. Newly released video shows the car submerged in a fast-moving river.

    GRANGEVILLE, IDAHO - The search continues for four people who remain missing after their car wrecked and landed upside-down in the Selway River in a remote part of Idaho. Newly released video shows the car submerged in a fast-moving river.

  • World's largest geyser erupting repeatedly

    World's largest geyser erupting repeatedly

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 1:07 AM EDT2018-05-23 05:07:54 GMT

    The world’s largest geyser has erupted six times in Yellowstone recently.

    The world’s largest geyser has erupted six times in Yellowstone recently.

  • Security troops on Wyoming nuclear missile base took LSD

    Security troops on Wyoming nuclear missile base took LSD

    Thursday, May 24 2018 2:17 PM EDT2018-05-24 18:17:17 GMT

    Investigators cracked the drug ring in March 2016. Fourteen airmen were disciplined.

    Investigators cracked the drug ring in March 2016. Fourteen airmen were disciplined.