Unless you have the most enviable job in the world, you probably spend most of your day fielding diverse requests from clients, colleagues, as well as friends and relatives.
Managing Executive Office Stress
When you throw in deadlines, as well as those every day annoyances such as commuter delays, or getting to the office only to find that your assistant is out and the report that is long overdue has not been completed, the pressure mounts.
Managing stress is one skill that you need to become well versed in to ensure a balanced life. Studies have shown that exposure to extended office stress, as well as emotional turmoil in your personal life, will likely shrink your brain’s ability to function, leading to cognitive complications.
The good news is that stress can be managed. Stress management experts do not promise heaven on earth, but rather they seek to assist individuals to live a more balanced life.
The following are useful steps you can practice to de-stress yourself both in the short and long term:
Establishing boundaries will filter out hurtful behavior from others while giving you support and nurturing from those you need. Setting boundaries helps in determining what behavior you will and will not accept. It is also important to share this information in a respectful manner to those who attempt to cross the line. Setting boundaries involves learning to say “no” to negative influences or to requests that are not in accordance with your personal standards.
Nurture and maintain positive support
Human beings are social animals and therefore it is only natural to feel better if you surround yourself with the right people. Choose your friends and colleagues wisely. Notice how you feel when someone is constantly complaining, gossiping or negative. Constant exposure to that kind of input is stressful.
Deal with the root cause of stress
Most people prefer to deal with symptoms but not the root cause of their stress. For example, finding the root cause of the tension between you and a colleague, as well as ironing out those differences, is among the important methods of stress relief in the office.
Be flexible and accept you are imperfect
One of the best ways in managing executive office stress is learning to be flexible. Take care of what you can do and do not be overly concerned about what you cannot do. Accept your mistakes and foibles. Adopt a self-directed kind and supportive attitude and forgive past mistakes.
You will have a lot more space —emotionally, mentally, and physically — that can be put to better use.
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