We’ve focused over the last few weeks on how to become more resilient in the workplace. This included discussing:
In our final piece on resiliency building, we’d like to focus on stress management skills and training.
The key to remember is that in our professional lives, stress is impossible to avoid. In fact, trying to avoid it will likely only lead to more stress. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to actually take advantage of the stress you encounter on a daily basis. Resiliency is about rising to the occasion, no matter what obstacle lies ahead.
You can achieve this with proper guidance and persistence.
What is stress management?
Stress is as much a part of life as is breathing. Mental, physical, and emotional stressors strive to slow down our professional lives. A resilient person doesn’t see these stressors as impossible walls to scale. Rather, they see these stressors as challenging obstacles. With every obstacle there is always a solution, and by developing your peak performance mind and relying on teamwork, nothing is insurmountable.
But in order to overcome obstacles, you must be clear minded. You can’t expect to be that way if you’re bogged down by stress. If your mind is an egg, stress is a blender.
You do the math.
We all feel stress at work because the workplace challenges our capabilities and forces us to work with others whom we may not get along with personally. When you work on a team, you’re all focused on the same goal, but that doesn’t mean you all agree on the best approach to get there.
When your ideals are challenged, you begin to experience stress. It’s only natural. But a proper stress management-training program will help you to manage stress at the workplace so that you can remain focused on the goal at hand.
When you learn to manage stress, you’ll learn how to manage:
- Information overload – Not everyone processes information at the same speed. We all have a tipping point. It’s key that you discover yours so that you can manage the level of information you receive at any given time.
- Your temper – Stress is one of the leading causes of work absenteeism. It can raise your blood pressure and heart rate, which in turn can make you respond and react unprofessionally. Managing your temper will prevent unwanted blowups.
- Your organization skills – We feel stressed when we feel we don’t have the resources to get the job done. Often times we do have these resources. We just don’t realize it because our life is in disarray.
- Others’ stress – This isn’t just a job for managers. Coworkers who know how to calm others down are an asset to any team. Stress is lethal and contagious, but so is placidity.
You can’t manage stress on your own
As much as managers and team leaders want to assume they have what it takes to instill stress management skills within their organization, the reality is that stress management is a complex concept. It takes years of study and training to master how to help companies, groups and teams manage stress as it pertains to their work life.
At AACT-Now, we specialize in stress-management seminars and workshops throughout Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada. Learn more about how you and your team can build resiliency through stress management skills by contacting us today.
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