Everyone’s felt stressed from time to time. The anxiety that comes from a fast-approaching deadline, the mental taxation that comes with trying to brainstorm business ideas are all common sources of the phenomenon we know as stress. Yet, any workplace could do with some stress to keep productivity running high. So how does one contain such stress, and turn something negative into a positive asset that could potentially help you? Here are 7 tips to start you going:
Stress is not permanent. Staying positive through stressful situations will allow you to reach a solution to your problems faster. As William James, American psychologist and physician once said, “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” As in the Law of Universal Attraction, positive things will come to you if you only think positive!
2) Stop the news!
It is not hard to find one regularly reading up on the news or the most recent stock exchange developments in our hyper connected society. Yet it could be good to switch off that TV and keep the newspaper away once in a while. According to P. Hemp, (“Death by Information Overload,” Harvard Business Review, 2009), the surge of information we now experience damages our health, productivity and results in higher stress levels. To keep stress levels at bay, why not take a short break from all the bad news and embrace good old-fashioned silence instead?
Much has been said about the effectiveness of the 10min power nap or “siesta”. When you sleep, the brain encodes all the day’s events into memory, making connections that could allow solutions to be made, for the problems you had when you were awake. To effectively keep stress at bay, a sound 10min nap would definitely allow you to release your negative emotions, making you recharged and positive for the rest of your day.
Crying could be a therapeutic method to relieve you of stress. According to Stephen Sinatra M.D., “Crying is one of the most cleansing experiences you can go through” Crying releases neurochemicals that could help you achieve a more relaxed and calm state. A good cry releases pent up energy, leaving one in a more clear state of mind to try tackle difficult tasks once again, this time more creatively.
Organizing your desk or entering appointments in your schedule does not only wonders to reduce clutter, but reduces stress that arises from the mess. Organizing leaves you in control of your possessions and your working environment, leaving you thinking faster and clearer. Like Marilu Henner once said, “I also think stress is related to control. When you’re in charge of your life, you tend to not care about losing control of things that don’t really matter like traffic jams.” Take charge of your life and you will take charge of stress.
6) Get support
Nothing works better in a problematic situation than talking to someone who is willing to listen and share his experiences. Talking to a friend who understands your predicament and is willing to share his could enlighten you on the way to tackling a particular situation. Learning from another’s situation could help you manage your stress better and possibly solve your problem in a much quicker and more creative way than you could imagine.
Exercising helps blood flow and releases pent up tension in your body. Physical activity increases the production of endorphins, your body’s feel-good neurotransmitters, which help you think clearly and optimistically. Repetitive physical activity requires a person to focus on a single activity, allowing one to forget the unhappy incidents of the day and renew his clear focus on the task at hand, without the complications of stress and unhappiness. It is never too soon to start up a regular exercise routine!
“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” – Hans Selye
What do you think?