Stress has become the biggest single issue of modern life today. The existence of modern man is challenged not as much by the atomic bomb as the “Stress Bomb”. Man has become a victim of continuous stress and strain which have created many disorders like hypertension, heart disease, cancer, indigestion, backaches, spondylosis, nervousness, sleeplessness and so on.
At the workplace negative stress has adversely affected employee efficiency and effectiveness resulting in lower productivity and higher health care costs.
Perhaps the greatest gift one can give oneself is to learn how to manage stress effectively so that one can be happy and fulfilled personally and more productive and satisfied on the job.
Remember, stress is a fact of life – it does not have to be a way of life.
THE EFFECTS OF STRESS
- Stress Can Reduce Productivity.
Stress contributes to decreased productivity, absenteeism, and employee turnover.
- Stress Affects Health.
Stress can strain your body and mind and make you physically ill.
- Stress Drains Energy.
Worry and anxiety can drain you of energy, causing your personal and professional life to suffer.
- Stress Can Strain Relationships.
Stress can negatively impact relationships – both at the work place and at home.
There are three major approaches that we can use to resolve stress:
- Action-oriented: In which we seek to confront the problem causing the stress, often changing the environment or the situation
- Perception oriented: In which we do not have the power to change the situation, but we can manage stress by changing our perception and interpretation of the situation and the way we feel about it.
- Acceptance-oriented: By accepting the situation and circumstances over which we have no power or control.
- Avoid using nicotine, alcohol or caffeine as a means of alleviating stress.
- Work off stress with physical activity – this reduces the levels of adrenaline released by pressure or anger, produces ‘good mood’ substances in the brain, leads to a sense of well being and relaxation and encourages good quality sleep.
- Get enough sleep and rest to recharge your batteries.
- Avoid interpersonal conflicts; life should not be a constant battleground. Develop a forgiving attitude.
- Learn to accept what you cannot change. To ignore this only leads to unhappiness, cynicism and bitterness.
- Manage your time better – prioritise and delegate; use a system that works for you; take one thing at a time and avoid trying to overdo things; create time buffers to deal with unexpected emergencies.
- Eliminate clutter from your life.
- Develop a Positive Attitude.
- Learn how to say ‘no’ when appropriate. This simple and yet extremely effective skill will prevent too much pressure building up in the future.
- Improve your listening skills.
- Relax with some music occasionally.
- Practice Yoga Daily.
Author – Nikhil Desai
International Speaker, Motivator & Trainer
Director – The Centre For Excellence
HR & Training Company of the Year – CEO Magazine
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