Managing Stress in the Workplace
I was chatting with an ex-colleague of mine several months ago and she recounted a traumatic incident at work. A colleague of hers who had left for the day suddenly returned to get something he forgot. He never made it back to his car as he slumped in the office. No thanks to our poor emergency response system in Nigeria, the gentleman passed on despite frantic attempts to preserve his life with CPR. While this may seem like an extreme case, it is closer to home than we realise. Now, while I don’t want to drive fear and trepidation into your hearts, the moral of the story remains that poorly managed stress can be fatal. But it is not all doom and gloom with regards to stress. Stress can be a positive force that we channel to propel us to achieve our goals. In reality, we need a certain measure of stress to keep us on our toes and help us exceed the expectations we have of ourselves. So against this backdrop, I would say…Please! D-E-S-T-R-E-S-S!
DRIVE: You must connect with your inner purpose.
EXERCISE: This is absolutely critical. Find out what works best for you. It could be at sunrise or sunset. Just make sure you get moving. Fitness trackers are in vogue now. I tried a few and I would recommend Vivofit or Fitbit.
SLEEP: A lot of fatigue and negative stress problems can be linked to poor sleep for night owls. Ensure you get enough zzzs and you could be the next Employee of the year!
TALK: Try to have an outlet to rant or discuss things that bother you. Deliberately reconnect with the people that matter to you. Say I love you and thank you more often. Do not internalise your problems. Psst…a little bit of water-cooler gossip and rant is okay, just don’t send a nasty email about your boss to anyone…you will get caught. I repeat, you will get caught.
REORGANISE: Your work area, your schedule, your home, your priorities. A cluttered life increases your stress levels. Put up uplifting words or quotes. Redecorate everywhere. Make your personal goals a priority. As they say schedule your priorities and prioritise your schedule!
EMPATHISE: One of the keys to not having an aneurism is to put yourself in other people’s shoes. Be a little more forgiving. Rather than being a drill sergeant, be a coach to your subordinates.
SUNSHINE & SUPPLEMENTS: This is a cheat sheet. Try and get a good dose of Vitamin D daily and also augment your immunity with essential vitamins and herbal teas. Also, remember, our yellow friend up there is a great mood booster.
SMILE: Laugh hard, smile for no apparent reason and frown less! Crises are often not usually as bad as they seem.
Thanks for reading. Looking forward to a better version of you and I. Follow my tweets on twitter via @teajaya.