Thursday, April 17, 2008

Stress management

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Managing Stress at Work

We all get stressed at some time in our working life, some more than others. The way we deal with stress is the main difference that separates us, and the degree to which we are affected is also a major variable. Not only can stress affect your ability to work, consequently affecting your business, but more importantly - your health.

Believe it or not stress is not always a bad thing, and as you will see, having stress in our lives can actually benefit us in some way or another. Alternatively, you may be immediately wondering how you can eliminate stress completely - maybe that is why you are here. Sadly, stress is only natural and you cannot eliminate it altogether. Instead, you have to learn how to control or 'manage' stress to avoid the negative symptoms that we are threatened by. Stress is 'taken' by the individual and not 'given' by the pressure of work. In other words, it is not about being faced with pressure, but more how we react to pressure. This is why some people welcome stress, as it acts as a motive to get things done.

It's a Fact
Each year, businesses lose an average £370 million due to stress related illnesses at work. This is caused by the average 6 million people being affected each year, not just by the absenteeism through illness, but also through the payouts of compensation. Over the last few years, stress has become the number one priority for Health & Safety representatives that are now substantially trying to reduce the problem. Evidence shows that the people most affected by stress, unsurprisingly, include managers. It has also been concluded that people between the ages 35 -45 are more likely to suffer. Further research suggests that tight deadlines, excessive workload, poor performance and customer complaints are the main reasons leading to stress.

Common Symptoms
I think we all know what these are, but there are a few that people are unaware of. Recognizing symptoms early can save yourself from serious illness by fighting the problem sooner rather than later. Stress itself is not an illness - it just provokes illness by inflicting physical and psychological problems. When you suffer from stress, common physical symptoms include headaches, migraines, nausea, twitching, habits (e.g. nail biting), irregular sleeping patterns and sweating. Continued suffering can lead to serious conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Psychological problems can include mood swings, reduced self-esteem, inability to perform (e.g. decision making), lack of concentration, irritable, anger and depression. Such symptoms can often be more long-term than physical symptoms. Believe it or not, stress is not all bad and there has been a break through in research telling us that stress is actually GOOD for us from a medical point of view. Although we will advise on how to deal with stress, you may find it interesting to learn how stress can benefit you. This will be covered later in the article - Stress Can be Good!

Dealing With Stress at Work
Stress Management
At the end of the day, we all have to appreciate one thing: stress is unavoidable. So, the way that we go about this lies purely with stress management - your ability to look stress right in the face and say "I can beat you". Up until now, you may have feared stress but by reading (and putting into practice) the article, you should develop a sense of confidence that you can overcome stress in the future.The following will give you some basic advice for dealing with stress, although it is suggested that you include your own techniques if you believe they work.

Accept that stress is the source of the problem. Many people often have the attitude of believing that stress is something not commonly associated with them. On doing so, you would just be pro-longing the issue. By accepting that stress is your problem, you can now take action.

Be Physical
Physical activity can help reduce stress. Try running, walking, playing squash, weight training, etc. Relax the mind when doing so: remember - the mind is also a muscle.

Talk About It
Share your problems with other people by talking to them. If there is something on our mind, it acts as a weight.
By sharing our mind with others, it relieves the weight onto other people who can then offer their support and encouragement to help you find a solution. Members of staff, your spouse, parents or friends can all be used to help you pull through. Never be scared to ask for advice - it happens to all of us.

Have a Good Cry
This includes you too gents! Sometimes stress can make us all want to cry, but in fact, it is a good idea. Crying releases tension in the body and at the same time it releases a natural antibiotic that makes us feel better.

You are probably thinking that laughter is the last thing on your mind when you are stressed, but at times, you may be so stressed that all you can do is laugh. Ok, a little too extreme but have you ever heard the phrase "laughter is the best medicine". Try it - share a joke with your staff or read something funny, watch a comedy on TV…

Planning and Escaping Stress at Work
Escape Reality
Just imagine - you are full of stress at work and suddenly, you are on a tropical island with only the sound of the waves and birds singing, the warm sun all over your body and the relaxing feeling of the sand beneath you. No cares in the world, just you and the everlasting peace.For five whole minutes, you are in your own personal heaven and then BANG! - You are back in reality with phones ringing, paperwork everywhere and that everlasting headache.But, for that last five minutes, you escaped it all. This was all done by a picture. Yes, that's right - pictures can help. Relaxation posters can turn reality into dreams and the psychology behind them has been proved to help people escape stress and create a calmer environment in the office - try them you may be surprised.

Make Time for Yourself
Plan for Stress
Stress more than often creeps up on us unexpectedly. The solution is to be ready for it when it threatens. Have a back up plan for everything - a second financial plan right down to a spare set of keys for the office.

Relax - Take a Few Moments
Stress can build up at an alarming rate so we must learn to release it. When stress builds up, stop, take a few moments, and focus. Take deep, slow breaths to bring your heart rate and respiration back to normal. Take 'time-out', say, five minutes every hour to empty your thoughts. On a lunch break? Go and sit somewhere quiet where no one can disturb you and let the quietness calm you.It may be that your business is stopping you from having any free time for yourself, but it is something that has to be done. You may think that by making time for yourself your business will suffer, but remember - your business will not succeed if there is no one healthy enough to run it.Let your mind stray from the world of business by watching TV, reading, having fun with your kids, a couple of pints at the pub -anything that makes you relax.There are many relaxation techniques that you can adopt, and one of the books that we have suggested can offer further information on how to use them.

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