Harness & Control Stress To Make You A Better Business Person
Stress is a part of everyday life, in small quantities.
However, it is true to say that some people are more prone than others to being overcome with worry about day-to-day happenings.
When stress overwhelms a person, it can have a significant effect on their health and well-being, affecting all areas of their personal and professional life.
It’s extremely important to learn to manage your stress levels so you can cope with the challenges of your life and succeed in your endeavours large and small.
In this post, Trevor McClintock, entrepreneur and personal development coach, shares his best tips to manage stress.
Talk it through
As with many things, communication is key.
It’s important not to suffer in silence.
As stress can be quite an internal problem, it’s possible your peers may not even realise how bad you are feeling.
Stress can manifest itself in erratic and distracted behaviour, or perhaps in a short temper or emotional outbursts, but may not be noticed by others unless it is communicated to them.
Indeed, many people feel worried about sharing the way they are feeling in case they are perceived as being weak.
This is simply not the case.
Sharing the burden by talking to a friend or colleague can work wonders in helping you to manage your stress triggers and put them into perspective.
It may also help to know that others may have similar feelings and you are not alone.
Communicating will signify to others the pressures you are under and enable them to help you get to the root of the problem.
Don’t suffer in silence!
Take a break
Some light exercise or a tea break can work wonders to break the cycle of stress.
Taking time out can ensure you stay relaxed and focussed and able to deal with your challenges.
Do not set yourself unrealistic targets.
Prioritise the most important tasks.
Make sure what you set out to do is realistic and achievable.
This reduces the stress of trying to fit in too much in a short space of time.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of promising the world at work, when in reality you will not be able to achieve a high standard within the designated time frame.
In this case, it is essential that you communicate effectively and explain what you will realistically be able to achieve, this way you won’t get yourself into the situation where you have limited time, have promised something you cannot deliver and are under high pressure to deliver something that is not achievable within the time frame.
That is the perfect recipe for stress and worry.
Managing expectations can reduce the burden.
It’s fine to be honest if you believe something is unachievable.
Don’t just agree to everything and put yourself under unnecessary strain to complete half a job.
In fact, it is preferred by your manager that you are up front about this ahead of the task so they can delegate accordingly and make plans.
This is a key cause of stress in employees.
Don’t be afraid to speak up!
Eliminate distractions and focus
Sometimes we try and do too many things at once and this can overload our brain and contribute to feelings of being overwhelmed with too many tasks and not enough time.
This is a common cause of stress in the modern world with all the distractions of technology.
In this case, you should aim to only be doing one thing at a time in order to minimise the feelings of panic that come with jumping from task to task and creating high levels of stress.
Remember it is completely fine to feel stressed out from time to time.
It’s a natural response to high pressure situations.
Don’t let it get the better of you, make sure you follow these tips to manage your stressful feelings to stop them overwhelming you.
Follow these tips and you will be well on your way to establishing a low stress lifestyle.
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