Everyone who manages a business has to deal with a multitude of issues which can lead to enormous pressure and stress.
Expectations, deadlines, achievements, and goals can all add up to a bucket full of stress, more than you’d like to be carrying.
Choosing ways to reduce the load is a great way to work smarter rather than harder. Here are five ways you can reduce the pressures at work to lower your stress levels:
The well-known Serenity Prayer can be useful for all, whether you are a recovering alcoholic or not! “God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can and the wisdom to know the difference.” Being able to discern the difference between what you can and what you cannot control removes a lot of unnecessary stress. You can immediately stop stressing over all the things you cannot control. This frees up energy to focus on what you can control.
Studies have shown that deep belly, or diaphragmatic breathing can decrease some of the symptoms of stress, including lowering heart rate and blood pressure and encouraging a more relaxed state. Breathing out for longer than you breathe in can also trigger a state of relaxation. When you are feeling overwhelmed, it is a valuable, if counter-intuitive, step to take a whole minute to simply breathe. You will be able to think more clearly and you will be more alert.
Studies show that taking regular breaks from a task can make you more productive and efficient. If you keep on flogging yourself to get the job done, you will wear yourself down, and lose motivation. Experts recommend a short break of a few minutes every 50 minutes or so, as our concentration span wanes after this amount of time. Use the break to stretch, move, yawn, or take a power nap.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed too often, you may have taken on too much at work. Learning to say “no” will increase the amount of respect your staff or co-workers have for you, and it will limit the number of tasks you take on. You will feel more ease and your self-esteem will sky-rocket! As you take on less and delegate more, you become more productive, more organized, and more efficient. It truly is a healthy way to manage your stress at work!
When faced with a difficult situation at work, try looking for the “win-win,” instead of the “win-lose.” Find ways to support one another during challenging situations. Create a culture of mutual support and cooperation. If you can find a “win-win,” everyone feels happier, you bring a smile to people’s faces, everyone feels good and the atmosphere becomes charged with positive vibrations. Everyone’s stress is decreased! This then has the knock-on effect of making you feel even better about yourself!
Therefore, although business can be a high-pressure environment, it is possible to find ways to lower those cortisol levels and even positively impact the stress levels of your staff. Letting go of what you can’t control, taking regular breaks and remembering to just breathe, can help you de-stress.
Adding the art of saying “No,” and looking for win-win solutions with others can make the workplace that little bit more appealing, and that little bit happier.
Practice these self-care ways to reduces stress and you will notice the difference in yourself and your business.
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