Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Reduce On-the-Job Job Stress at your Workplace

The pace in which we live in today’s world is increasingly causing what is known as “super stress.” This particular stress is especially prominent in the workplace. But super stress is a condition you can control. There are a number of things to lessen the reaction your body has to the warp speed of the present-day work environment.

Hit the ground walking instead of the normal run. Plan to arrive earlier than normal and start your day calmly, instead of frantic with activity.

Take time each day to back away from your desk and walk around the office. Your mind needs this little rest to maintain its highest level of productivity. Encourage your employees to do the same.

When deadlines are looming and your plate is full, a sense of humor is one of the first things to go. But it’s the best way to keep the body calm. Make time to see the lighter side of life, and share your humor with employees.

Lose perfectionism and the negative attitude. Perfectionists are often the least efficient. And beating yourself up for not completing tasks won’t help you turn out your projects any faster. Communicate the same message to your staff by giving them positive feedback.

Keep your body well-fueled. Eating processed foods and chugging caffeine taxes the body. Branch out from the usual bagels and donuts and reach for fruit, veggies or yogurt.

Practicing this short list of helpful de-stressing techniques will help your nervous system “remember” how to access that healthy state of mind. Reference these techniques anytime you feel super stress creeping in.

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