Handling Stress at Work: What can be done?
Stress is one of the most common ailments affecting the general populous of the world. The intense competition and the hectic pace of life have resulted in stress in individuals from all walks of life. This is especially true in the case of business leaders and entrepreneurs. They have to attend to a million things, all at once, and that can take a heavy toll on the mind as well as the body.
So what can be done to handle stress at work? There are several steps that one can follow in order to be able to keep stress levels at a minimum. However, the golden rule is to be aware of the fact that irrespective of success or failure of a project, etc., life will always move forward and go on. Stressing over whether a specific venture is going to be successful or not is not going to change the outcome. Nor is failure going to be the end of life for your future in business. All that you can do, and you should do, is make use of your skills and abilities and work hard to ensure that a specific project has a greater chance at success than failure.
In modern day life, the value of one’s worth is generally measured by the achievements during one’s lifetime. But it is important to remember that such value is placed upon you by your peers and others. What is more crucial is the value that you place upon your life and the kind of life that you want to live. A happy life comprising of a mixed bag of successes and failures and learnings along the way, is often, better than an unhappy stress-filled life full of achievements, that may or may not be necessarily beneficial for mankind.
All you can do, and should do, is to keep moving forward.
Below are a few guidelines that can help keep stress at bay:
Eat well: Stress is connected to physical well being and hence it is important to ensure that the body gets the nourishment that it needs at the correct time. So, eat a balanced healthy diet to keep stress away.
Sleep well: Sleep is one of the aspects of life that business people do not pay much attention to. Lack of sleep is, however, one of the most prominent causes of stress. Make sure to get nighttime sleep for at least 5 to 8 hours each day to avoid stress.
Exercise: Exercise can help release endorphins which trigger the release of the happy hormones, endorphins. Also, it will help ensure a stronger body and reduced susceptibility to ailments, which can help ensure better focus on work and its success. Meditation, yoga, workouts at the gym, running, swimming, etc. are some of the exercises that can help ease stress.
Quit smoking: Nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol tend to hamper the circadian rhythm of the body and trigger varied issues, including stress. Hence, quit smoking and limit the intake of coffee, caffeinated beverages, and alcohol.
At the end of the day, life in the workplace or the life of an entrepreneur will include some stress. The key is managing the stress so that you can continue to work at the level needed and be able to enjoy it.