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Stress Management

Today’s workplace is filled with stress.  People who manage their stress levels are generally happier, better able to tap into their creativity, are more productive and rate their workplace experience higher. The bottom line impact of encouraging stress management is fewer absences, higher output, better quality of work, higher morale, lower turnover, fewer errors, and less overall tension.

 

What can you recommend for your employees?  Here are some things to suggest. 

Learn to relax.  Relaxation is the best antidote to a hectic, frantic life.  Schedule time every day to turn down the volume of life’s demands and allow both your mind and body to vegetate.  The calming effect of relaxation will invigorate your body, energize your mind and renew your spirit.

 

Develop close friendships, both at home and at work.  Close personal relationships are important to stay in touch with your humanity.  Human beings are gregarious creatures.  You need to share your joy and your pain in order to fully feel the former and dissipate the latter. 


Simplify, Simplify, Simplify! Stress has become more prevalent because you are faced with so many choices and so much confusion.  Do you really need all those things that clutter your life? Do you really need all those activities that rob you of your time? 

Retreat for a time and take inventory.  What can you eliminate?  What can you reduce?  What can you not live without? Keep those things that are vital to you, your life, your career and those you love.  Redefine your needs and explore the necessary components of your experiences.  Look at the essence of the experiences in your lives, not the trappings.

Build in some routines.  Every decision can be potentially stressful as you analyze alternatives and strive to make the best selection. Program some of your decisions.  Chose an alternative that satisfies your needs, then stay with that alternative until circumstances change.  Variety is the spice of life, but it can also be the source of stress. 

Develop interests that are diverse and balanced.  Don’t become obsessed with a single dimension of your life.  Take care to balance your time between family, work, personal interests, physical activity, spiritual renewal, community activities and fun.  If you are standing on one leg, you can easily tip over.

Give yourself permission to be periodically selfish. Take some time just for yourself every day, every week, every month and every year. Do this without guilt.  Your primary responsibility is to live up to your full potential and you cannot do that without keeping in touch with yourself. 

Stop self-destructive behaviors.  Get some help if you need it to discontinue any compulsions that injure your mind or body.  Eventually you will injure your spirit.  Eat sensibly and exercise regularly.


Work at a satisfying and meaningful profession.  It is said that if you find work that you love, you will never work a day in your life.  You don’t have to love everything, everyday, but work needs to be satisfying overall. If you stay in a job that you hate and the situation isn’t temporary, ask yourself why?  What are you afraid of?

Don’t let the little things get you down.  Put people, events and disappointments into perspective.  If you obsess on the little details, you will miss the big picture.  Put some balance in your analysis of a situation, a person, a project or a comment. 

Analyze the cost of a new opportunity and compare it to the benefit.  Before taking on a new challenge, relationship or task, ask yourself, “What level of satisfaction will I get out of it?” Does it equal the amount of energy you will put into it?  Be sure you are spending your energy and commitment wisely!

Set goals and priorities.  Know where you are going. Define what is most important at that moment in time.  Have everything else wait their turn.

Be a good time manager.  Time is your most precious resource and is completely, relentlessly finite.  There is no way to increase the number of minutes in an hour or the number of hours in a day.  Get organized. A well laid out environment leads to a more leisurely pace.

Broaden your expertise and engage in life long learning.  Learning something new is invigorating.  It increases your value to others and your value to yourself.  It makes life more interesting. It helps reduce that general nagging stress that change brings to every life.

Finally, learn to assert yourself. Take Control! This is your life.  You write the script.

 

“A diamond is a lump of coal that made good under pressure”

No one can or should eliminate stress from their lives. Many of the things that give you the greatest joy, will cause you the most stress, i.e., your job, a promotion, success, your children, your golf game. Stress is an energizer and can be an effective motivator.  Don’t eliminate it, just get it to a manageable level.

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