How To Reduce Stress Talk For Sakae Sushi

If you love sushi, chances are you would have heard of Sakae Sushi, a restaurant chain based in Singapore serving Japanese cuisine throughout the region and in the United States. The pioneer who revolutionalised the sushi industry by introducing sushi on conveyer belts, it was my pleasure today to be able to share with the Sakae Sushi staff on how to reduce stress.
It seems like you hear it all the time from nearly every one you know – “I’m SO stressed out!”  Pressures abound in this world today.  Those pressures cause stress and anxiety, and often we are ill-equipped to deal with those stressors that trigger anxiety and other feelings that can make us sick.  Literally, sick.  

Like it or not, unfortunately, stress and anxiety go hand in hand.  In fact, one of the major symptoms of stress is anxiety.  And stress accounts for 80 percent of all illnesses either directly or indirectly.


When the staff from Sakae Sushi did the stress check questionnaire I specially prepared for them, many were seen comparing scores with their colleagues. This was a promising sign as it showed the stress level was well under control. Imagine if you had a super high stress score, you would have kept it under wraps, right?

And we were all in for a very pleasant surprise when two hands went up when it came to the battle of the lowest stress score. While one hand belonged to a newbie employee who just joined the company, the other hand belonged to a lady veteran. It demonstrated that she made stress work to her advantage and in the process of doing so, capitalised on the benefits of eustress to propel herself positively forward in her work, family and life in general. She was indeed a shining example for all of us to emulate.
I don’t mean to scare you, my dear readers. But it’s been proven many times over that stress is more dangerous than we thought, unless it is managed well.

For one, you've probably heard that it can raise your blood pressure, increasing the likelihood of a stroke in the distant future. 

And when you are stressed, it shows up in your body. I shared with the participants that one of the most obvious signs was a shutting down of the digestive and immune systems. There were also many occurrences of psychosomatic illness, an illness with an emotional or psychological side to it.

To make matters worse, stress often prompts people to respond in unhealthy ways such as smoking, drinking alcohol, eating poorly, or becoming physically inactive. This damages the body in addition to the wear and tear of the stress itself.

If you ask me, stress is inevitable. Just like the lady veteran who had a relatively low stress count, we too can achieve a similar lifestyle like hers.
It all boils down to realizing that we will never completely get rid of stress in our lives. Instead, we can learn coping techniques to turn that stress into a healthier situation. By the end of the stress management talk, all the participants were in a significantly happier mood. And by the way, if you are keen to find out how, talk to me...I’ll be happy to show you. 
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