6 Habits That Increase Stress at Work And How to Manage Them
So many women juggle careers, motherhood, relationships, hobbies, charity work and more — it’s only natural to get stressed. So, how can we do it all and pull it off flawlessly? The truth is, no one does all the time. But that is what I call grace; you might have a different name for it. As an author, energy healer and life coach, I cannot tell you how many times I have encountered people who are simply stressed about being stressed.
Here are some behaviors to avoid:
Placing Your Cell Phone Face Up Right Next To You
According to Apple, people log into their iPhones about 80 times a day! Yes, you heard me. So often we are all over the place and our energy is scattered. It is hard to be completely present with the advancement in technology. We are easily able to multitask, but tasks are accomplished with grace and ease when we focus all our attention on them in a present moment.
Always Taking on More and Multitasking
Be honest with yourself: Do you wait until the last minute to accomplish tasks? Do you always run late to meetings? Get out of your own way – you are likely making life more stressful. Get a reliable calendar and stick with it. I just tried calendly to set up meetings; I love it because you don’t waste time going back and forth to coordinate with the schedules of others. Do you over-commit? Are you trying to do too many things at once? Remember that life can be a balancing act. It’s OK to say no and to be realistic about how long something will take you. Only YOU know your limits.
Not Making an Effort to Get Along With Co-Workers
The little things in life matter. Say “hello,” be friendly, be helpful, be a team player. Relationships are the foundation of our success and cultivating a loyal and dynamic team you can rely on during stressful work days is key. Stay out of any workplace drama or gossip. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Here is a great article from the Harvard Business Review on how to handle challenging personnel.
Being Overly Critical With Yourself
The world is already hard enough. Life is full of surprises, trials and tribulations — just look at global events. No one is perfect and it is from our mistakes and imperfections that we learn in life. Be your best cheerleader.
Thinking That You Have to Love Your Job 100% the Time
It is hard to love what you do all the time, but if you genuinely believe in what you do and find it rewarding, it will add extra motivation. It is easy to be stressed when we don’t enjoy our work, and that can affect all areas of our lives. Find your passion and get paid for it. Take a breather and just remember you are not alone and we all have work challenges.
Neglecting Your Body
Are you getting enough sleep? If you are always working late, binge-watching shows late at night (because that's the only time when you can do it), or just going out until late frequenty and not getting enough sleep, chances are you will not handle stress very well the next day. Have clarity and eat well, sleep, exercise, drink plenty of water and take your vitamins! Devote time for self care. You are worth it!
Here are eight energy tips to help you during stressful moments:
Take a deep breath and let go of whatever is troubling. Slow down the breathing as you tend to breath shallowly under stress. Here are some tips to get you started.
Utilize visualization, imagining how you would like the day and work situation to go. Put out positive intention daily.
Use positive affirmations or prayer, whatever resonates with you.
Don’t forget to have a sense of humor and a smile.
Take a walk, go outside and get some sunshine. Have lunch with a friend. Do something to break up the day.
Imagine clearing the stress with sunshine, bringing light and excitement to everything you are working on.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Be honest with yourself and others.
Ahh, deep breath — that is the grace we all seek. Just remember that we learn from these moments. Lastly, do you know what is created under pressure? Diamonds. And you are one.
Sarah Vargo is the author of ‘Life Is Your Party…With A Little Pixie Dust’ and is currently working on two children’s books. You can get more grace face tips in her book available HERE on Amazon. She is a certified life coach and energy alchemist and loves writing, painting and karaoke. If you want to get to know her or book coaching or energy sessions visit HERE and send her a message.