Increased workloads, peer pressure and workplace
stress can truly strip you of your energy and happiness; but just imagine the
scenario in the absence of this 'stress'. No deadlines, less peer pressure and
a hassle-free day. Sounds exciting and idealistic? Think again. The mere absence
of stress and healthy competition can potentially affect your abilities and
Canadian psychiatrist Dr. Robert Maunder claims
that a little bit of stress is actually good for you. And why not? You may know
of certain people who thrive under stress, who see an exciting challenge when
you see a crushing workload and see an adventure in every difficult path set
out in front of them. Surprisingly, these people tend to be more jolly, happy
and the life of their social circles.
Turning your stress into a positive aspect can
sound difficult. That's when we make it easy for you. Read on for 7 easy tips
and tricks to handle stress better and make it positive for you.
into problem solving:
Matthew McKay, the author of the Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook
states that worry is a
process of imagining and assuming catastrophic and disastrous outcomes to a
situation. Instead of impulsively getting worried, think of the ways of
preventing those outcomes. Here's how -
Think clearly about the
actual problem. Don't add up possibilities and events that start with 'what if'
possible solutions. List them down.
Evaluate each idea for
its pros and cons. Put an X next to the ones that won't work.
Set specific dates for
when you'll start working on your Y ideas.
successfully completed your Y's, look back at the X's; were they really
struck by stress, look for examples within mother nature. Take for example, a
crop in a dry season. The lack of water may be stressful to the plant, but
infact, it urges the crop to dig its roots deeper into the soil, thus causing
it to grow stronger. Instead of focusing on the lack of rain, see if you can
articulate your strengths while 'looking for water'.
prone people tend to snap easily at people and are usually hot tempered. If
it's true for you, start taking steps to control your anger. A study of around
1500 Americans conducted in 2010 found that workplace incivility such as
sarcasm, rude behavior and silent treatment negatively impacted the individuals
in terms of both physical and mental health. Reduction of workplace
victimization and encouraging a respectful workplace atmosphere could bring
about an overall positive and healthy atmosphere.
While reading success
stories of famous personalities can bring about goal setting and stress
reduction, looking for inspiration from closer sources can literally multiply
the benefits. Look for success stories within family members and friends, and
even within yourself. Recall the times when you faced a difficult situation,
and how you got out of it, victorious. Remind yourself that situations change,
and that this is temporary.
stress is thought to be directly proportional to ageing and neuron degradation.
On the other hand, a stimulating environment can boost cell regeneration. Dr.
Doug Saunders, a clinical psychologist at the University of Toronto suggests an
activity called the 'Islands of Peace' to get into that stimulating environment
to reverse the effects of chronic stress.
Firstly, choose an activity that you like doing
and can get engrossed in, so much so that you don't notice the time passing. It
could be doing a crossword, or talking to a friend, or even just jogging on the
beach, it can be anything that takes your mind off the stress. This state of
the mind is equivalent to being in a light trance, which gives your body the
opportunity to recover from the stress.
therapy is amazingly effective to deal with workplace stress. Taking advice
from like-minded professionals and colleagues can help you evaluate your
position at work in a better way, set realistic goals and take on work with a
new zeal and enthusiasm. Taking advice from family and friends counts too.
you're spending too much time worrying about things that hasn't happened yet,
here's a nice exercise for you to help deal with it. The authors of The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook
have put together this exercise. Follow it religiously and note the
After a good night's
sleep and a hearty breakfast (two great stress busters), write down about your
worries and troubles.
Then think about the
worst thing that could happen if things didn't go your way, of if your worries
actually manifested in reality.
Then ask yourself-what
good things can occur if my troubles really come alive?
Doing this exercise is a good way to get rid of those
rose-colored glasses and look into alternative outcomes instead of looking for
negative ones in each situation.