Stress One Step At A Time
super-competitive, super-stimulated 24/7 global society we are under
severe stress to keep up, stay ahead and be connected by the internet,
cell phones, pagers, email and instant messaging.
With job uncertainty employees are constantly asked to do more
with and for less. The American Institute of Stress reports nearly one
million employees miss work each day due to workplace stress.
Due to job
uncertainty and economic issues workers feel pressured to hurry, shove
and rush through out the workday to accomplish more.
Feeling anxious, frustrated and frazzled they are often less
productive. Some withdraw,
isolate and suppress energy and emotions.
Others anger quickly, over react and spiral out of control.
stress is high, when deadlines seem impossible employees often become
unsure of them selves. They
are expected to progress, break-through and achieve results.
Shoulders ache, concentration diminishes yet expectations
remain the same. The
treadmill continues another day on fast-forward.
unmanaged, pent-up stress can cause high blood pressure, alcohol and
drug abuse, depression and even suicide.
Procrastination, inability to concentrate, hasty
decision-making, and pessimism are also stress related. The failure to
address stress in the workplace results in absenteeism, reduced
productivity, high turnover and medical, legal and insurance costs.
Companies that become proactive in creating a work atmosphere
that adds to the emotional well being of employees are rewarded with
peak performance, increased productivity and profitability.
Coping with Stress: All
permanent change is slow. Create
a plan, be willing to try different solutions and begin with small but
significant steps. Figure
out what needs to change. All
employees would benefit from learning how to relax muscles, stop
negative thoughts, exercise and improve sleep habits.
It's important to learn how to handle stress in a constructive manner.
Become educated, commit and begin.
One step at a time, you can become more productive and reduce
stress by making small significant changes through out the day.
Down: Begin to
walk at a slower place throughout the day.
Become aware of how much you rush and hurry.
Speak slower. Learn
to pause, don't interrupt and smile between sentences.
One conversation at a time listen more and speak less.
Be empathic. You
will connect with others on a deeper level.
Connection leads to synergy.
Concentrate on your breathing.
Breathe deeply and slowly, inhale for five counts, hold for 5
counts and exhale for 5 counts. Become
aware of your breathing and learn to control it.
Quiet Down: Retreat
and spend time in solitude and silence.
Let go of irritability, crankiness, excessive venting, whining
and complaining. Be in the
present moment. Sitting in
silence allows you to become connected to your heart center.
This opens up the possibility of deep inner peace. Breathing
deeply is powerful. Sit
for ten minutes, twice a day, again breathing deeply to connect to
this insightful place hidden, untapped and forgotten beneath the chaos
of the outer world. You
will notice stamina, vitality and increased energy.
Solitude and silence is golden!
be healthy. Ask your body
what it needs. Everyday we
choose how to treat our body. If
you need to lose weight commit yourself to doing it.
If your diet is lacking fruits, vegetables, or water slowly
begin adding more one at a time. Walk,
run or lift weights. Begin
slowly. A little exercise
is better than none at all. Your
muscles will be less tense and your blood pressure will go down. Work
your body and you will notice increased energy.
The results you get from an exercise program will affect
everything about you both physically and mentally. Limit alcohol.
Nothing excessive is good.
Treat yourself to health. Begin
is perfect. Everyone makes
mistakes. Blaming is a self-defeating attitude. Learn how to forgive
yourself. Then forgive
everyone else you have a grievance against.
When it's always someone else's fault you don't have to change. Holding
grudges is like carrying a ball and chain around your ankle.
It gets old and tiring.
Resentment is self-induced poison.
Lighten up your life by letting go of the times you have felt
offended and slighted. Life's too short to be mad. Before
falling asleep at night let go of anything that disturbed you during
the day. You will then be
able to rest in peace.
have faith and hope for a better world.
Every positive decision you make, every positive action you
take will lead you in a better direction.
Create a positive view of self and others.
Increase positive experiences and enrich relationships.
Learn to concentrate on what is good.
Plan interesting and fun ways to be.
Focus on life's blessings. We control what takes up space in our mind.
Seek out happy people for support.
Once you know how you become one hundred percent responsible
for handling stress in a constructive manner.
Optimism is a life enhancing energy.
Don't just hope for a better world or life make it happen!
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