07 Apr Returning to work after the long weekend? 5 tips to beat stress!
Happiness is about making the most of the postiive.
Happiness is also about managing the negative.
And we all have negatives in our lives…so this article, posing 5 simple tips for managing stress, is something we could probably all benefit from.
Read on and relax…
by Matthew Pollard via Entrepreneur.com
Do you find yourself thriving in stressful situations? Buzzing with energy and feeding off moments of high anxiety?
Stress can be like a performance-enhancement drug. It heightens our senses to ensure we function at our best. The body’s stress response has evolved over thousands of years to react to dangers such as a wooly mammoth stampede or happening upon an angry bear. It's designed to, as described by Dr. Michael Roizen in his book, You Staying Young, “heighten all of our biological systems” to ensure we can do things like RUN!
Sounds like a great thing, right? Who wouldn't want to operate at optimum efficiency all the time? And because stress is a completely natural response, what’s the harm?
Unfortunately, your body isn't designed to experience stress 24/7. It’s akin to leaving the oven running — eventually, it’s going to burn the house down.
Paul J. Rosch, M.D., president of the American Institute of Stress suggests that "stress increases productivity up to a point, after which things rapidly deteriorate.” People’s bodies can tolerate different levels of stress, just as some people can lift heavier weights at the gym while others cannot. However, stress is cumulative. Eventually, everyone reaches their limit.
Over the past 10 years as a speaker, coach and consultant, I've had the opportunity to see how stress effects thousands of business owners and their employees. When you experience too much anxiety over a long period of time, even a small occurrence can drastically increase the strain you feel.
Here are five strategies to reduce your own stress levels in the workplace:
1. Focus on the what and the why
Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the tasks you have to complete or feeling stressed about a specific task, knowing what you’re trying to achieve and why it’s important to you will serve as a great stress reliever.
2. Plan the work, and work the plan
Strategize what you need to accomplish the night before, plan your day in such a way that allows extra time to accomplish each task, and stick to that plan as closely as possible…
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