- Cultivate gratitude. We are going to have things go wrong in our day. It’s inevitable. We can take the sting out of these negative events by focusing on what’s great in our life. A gratitude practice will help you focus. Each evening, write down three things you are grateful for. They can be as simple as seeing a gorgeous sunrise to being complimented on your new shoes.
- Meditate regularly. A consistent meditation practice — even if it’s only five minutes a day — may help lower blood pressure, and can help us control the thoughts that can trigger stress. The next time you get stressed because your boss just added another task to your already overflowing to do list, stop and take a breath. Shake out your body, sit back down and meditate for 5 minutes.
- Learn to say no. Being overbooked, worked and committed will lead to stress. We often feel obligated to say yes to everything for fear we won’t be liked. The greatest act of stress relief is exercising your right to say no. You can explain to others that you are overcommitted and you just must say no. And yes, you can even tell your boss no, just explain that one more project will mean the quality of your work will drop. Negotiate priorities.
- Re-attach to your relationships. When we’re working crazy hours, we can find ourselves detached from our relationships. Each week, schedule some time with a loved to just be together, hang out, and laugh. No work talk allowed, and no checking the Smartphone. Disengage from work and reengage with those that matter.
- Get creative. Remember how much fun you had as a kid doing crafts. You might have stopped because your last creation wasn’t perfect. Or you didn’t have the time. Carve out some time to be creative and tap into your inner kid. Creativity can be cooking dinner, handwriting a card to a friend or creating a vision board. Get out the scissor and glue stick and just play.
- Get spiritual. It’s human nature to seek connection to a higher power, however that may look for you. There’s even evidence that we are hard-wired for spirituality. Yet when we are overworked and chronically stressed we can forget about our place in the bigger picture. Connecting with your spiritual roots through prayer, meditation, chanting or other forms of spiritual ritual is an excellent way to get perspective on what’s stressing you and relieve that pressure.
- Managing Workplace Stress: The Takeaway
Laurie Erdman, JD, MS, CHHC is a speaker, Get More Energy Strategist and the CEO of The Ignite Well Being Institute LLC where she helps companies sustain fast growth by energizing their people.
To download her FREE book: Burnout. Identify It. Extinguish It. Ignite Your Life visit www.TheIgniteWellBeingInstitute.com. -
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