Stress Management 101

As every work place approaches that hectic time of the year, stress can pop up and throw everyone out of whack. A little stress might be beneficial, it pushes you to meet that deadline or innovate in toughie. But when it builds up it can feel extremely overwhelming. Today we chat to Guang, Jasmine and Tanya from three different departments on how they stay cool and calm under multiple conflicting deadlines and just over all get things done in a fast paced environment! Read on:

Guang, Digital Strategist and Growth Marketer

For me, it’s important to identify your main causes of stress, whether it’s being too busy, uncertainty, major changes in life, or expectations. Once you do that, you can put them into two buckets: things you can control, and things you can’t.

The good news is, you can just forget about all the things you can’t control and focus on the ones you can, which dispenses with any unnecessary brain power usage. Then all you need to do is build a list of things you can do to improve your situation, and whack that list until you’re done. I find that often times when I’m stressed, it’s because I’m just disorganised or trying to keep track of so many things at once in my head and worrying about outcomes I can’t control.

Dealing with stress is also about realising there’s a space between stimulus and response where you can choose how you react. Simon Sinek has this interesting story about how Olympic athletes observe what they feel before they need to compete as excitement instead of nervousness. This is a dichotomy that exists, but the stimuli are interchangeable: your heart starts racing, you visualise the future, your hands get clammy. It’s amazing how different things can be when you have the revelation that you can change the narrative.

With the appropriate perspective and a laser focus on what you’re able to influence, you harness the ability to deal with your emotions.

Jasmine, PR & Events Coordinator

My favourite way to manage stress is to engage in as many activities outside of work that align with my hobbies and interests. I absolutely love my job, but I also strongly believe in balance and investing in the same amount of time and effort into other things that I enjoy.

Examples of things I like to do to relieve stress include kickboxing, painting and reading — extremely therapeutic!

Tanya, Graphic Designer

When we’re approaching our busy period at work and the deadlines are coming in, it can be very overwhelming. To overcome this I prioritise a list of my projects and take a break from my computer to get some fresh air.

Getting out of the office and going for a short walk really helps me clear my mind and i make sure to come back with an optimistic attitude to tackle my list!